Blur license plates on photos - ethical or wrong?

Started Jun 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Sethboy
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Blur license plates on photos - ethical or wrong?
Jun 13, 2012

When publishing a photo (newspaper, online media, or even just uploading to Flickr, etc) is it ethical / good idea / not necessary to blur out the license plates of vehicles in the picture? Either a heavy blur; or cutting out the part of the image completely? I know this borders on Photoshop issues related to journalism. Anyone have any professional input?

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