Canada Dashboard Digest

Encryption (and Decryption) on Command

SURVEILLANCE

February 5, 2010

When the Toronto Transit Commission implements video surveillance at its subway stations in the near future, it will likely employ a new technology aimed at addressing privacy rights, IT Business reports. The technology, called secure visual object coding, allows video surveillance to be taken while obscuring or encrypting the image of the subject being recorded. The images can then be decrypted by authorized staff when an incident occurs that requires investigation. Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, who has pushed for privacy safeguards in surveillance technologies, said the technology "enables surveillance and privacy to coexist, side-by-side--without forfeiting one for the other."
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