Convenience is the issue, not pictures....
I think this is really an issue of technology, now in the hands of the masses, causing a bit of bad behavior that we basically need to deal with- or to perhaps accept. A few examples:
Computers in the workplace: While a great productivity tool, far too many people now use computers as a time-killer, and also to help them do personal errands while at work (shopping, etc). Is this a technology problem? No. It's a management problem, and managers need to deal with the behavior of their employees when their work is slacking.
Telephones in the workplace: YEARS ago, only the "boss" had a telephone at work. Later, as they became commonplace, EVERYONE had them, and suddenly found themselves able to call their spouses at home to chat and whisper sweet nothings, call their bookie to make bets, etc. All on work time. See above: a management problem.
And of course, now we have teeny little cameras in everyone's hands, courtesy of cell phones. Cell phones, as the latest technology of the masses, are once again the focal point of bad behavior. Chatting loudly in restaurants, and as polled here-- maybe (or maybe not) taking pictures inappropriately. As a general public, when we witness bad behavior, we should address it much like the managers above need to deal with bad employees. If I see someone chatting LOUDLY in a restaurant while I am trying to enjoy dinner, I quietly approach the person and ask if they can perhaps talk outside so I can enjoy my meal with my companion.
As far as taking pictures (and the general question)- if I am snapped in a photo where I am perhaps in a crowd or whatever-- sure, no problem. Happens all the time. If I'm the FOCUS of a photo, I sure would want to know about it and give permission for the person to use the photo if appropriate.
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