Originally Posted by Dodger
Everyone has a right to privacy and any traveller knows that not everyone you meet likes to have their picture taken .
There could be many genuine reasons why that particular person would not want his details made public to the world .
What is wrong with asking for permission to post their photos and story on your blog ?
It seems a small courtesy .
I wholeheartedly second that. A person may have his photo taken by you under the impression that it will be kept as a memory, a memento of the event/meeting, not be shared by the entire world to see. Keeping the sensitivities of other cultures in mind is not always easy, but is much appreciated.
I'm not one for political correctness, but there is a difference between trying to understand the mindset and feelings of the people you meet and regarding them as a bunch of characters (of whatever sort) who are simply the ingredients of your story.
If you keep regarding people as characters, somewhere along the line, you have a good chance of meeting others who will regard (and treat) you the same way.
@davidmc : We all learn this slowly (and as I can see from this thread, some people much slower than others), and there is no need to feel bad about it, as it is something which is simply a misunderstanding due to a clash of cultures. When you are in a strange country, you DO ask your host / friend whether doing something is okay or not - this just happened to be one of them which you missed out on.
Big deal, it's unintentional.