European Data Protection Digest

Report: School CCTV Surveillance Violates Law

SURVEILLANCE—UK

March 19, 2010

A recent study on the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) in British schools found that most fail to alert students to the practice. The report also found that pupils in schools are as frequently monitored by CCTV cameras as inmates in prisons, The Guardian reports. The Data Protection Act requires that schools tell pupils where cameras have been installed and for what purpose, though the study found most schools were unaware of this requirement. "We need specific guidance for pupils on how far schools can monitor them," the report's author says. "The dearth of concrete legislation permits ever more invasive surveillance practices to be introduced in schools. Pupils are definitely the most surveilled non-criminal population."
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