Report on Proliferation of Video Surveillance in EU

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 9, 2004

The EU’s Article 29 Working Party on data protection has produced a report on “Video Surveillance”. The report sets out guidelines under the 1995 Directive on data protection in relation to surveillance by video cameras in public and work places. [Statewatch News Online] The report states that:

  • “The over-proliferation of image acquisition systems in public and private areas should not result in placing unjustified restrictions on citizens’ rights and fundamental freedoms; otherwise, citizens might be actually compelled to undergo disproportionate data collection procedures which would make them massively identifiable in a number of public and private places.”
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