European Data Protection Digest

City Council to Remove CCTVs

SURVEILLANCE—UK

January 29, 2010

Birmingham's City Council plans to remove intercom security cameras in five residential tower blocks, the Yorkshire Post reports. The council says it has been advised that the cameras--which allow tenants to see callers on CCTV before letting them in--breach the Data Protection Act. Councillor Mike Leddy says removing the system would be detrimental to tenants. "It puts at risk the 'feel-safe' factor for a number of older residents in my ward," he said. However, the city council, including the head of the housing department, believes that removing the cameras protects them from potential prosecution.

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