Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Missouri

Q: I had my picture taken by a security guard at a health club. The security guard did not ask permission. What can I do?

I noticed a police officer and security guard speaking with the people at the front desk of the health club I was working out in. They were looking in my direction and pointing at me. The police officer left with something in what appeared to be a plastic bag. A man walked up and said something to the security guard and appeared to sign something the security gave him. The man appeared to have his wife and two children with him. The man left with his family. That's when the security guard walked to within three yards of me and took a picture of me with what appeared to be his personal cell phone.

I found this very odd because I had no contact with anyone other than my workout partner for the entire time I was in the gym. It is very stressful to have had this happen without a representative of the club speaking with me.

What should I do?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: I don't think you have a reasonable expectation of privacy with regards to photos while working out. Why don't you ask the gentleman why he took your photograph?

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