European Data Protection Digest

Cameras "Must Come Down"

SURVEILLANCE—UK

October 29, 2010

West Midlands Police Authority is reconsidering the future of surveillance cameras installed in parts of Birmingham, BBC News reports. The cameras were put up earlier this year but prompted complaints amongst the community. In response, the authority apologized and instigated an independent review by another police force, which found a lack of "scrutiny and oversight" on the project. The cameras run on a CCTV network and are equipped with a license plate recognition system. One legal officer said the police did not comply with the Data Protection Act and, therefore, breached the right to privacy under the Human Rights Act. "The cameras must come down," she said, an option now being explored.
Full Story