European Data Protection Digest

Schools Expand CCTV Use

SURVEILLANCE—UK

December 23, 2010

TES Connect reports that schools are expanding their use of CCTV beyond student monitoring and are also using the technology to check in on teacher performance and watch such spaces as lavatories and changing rooms. A report by the Information Commissioner's Office has found that video surveillance has moved beyond security, noting, "it is apparent that some schools have not understood their new regulatory responsibilities...These issues are only likely to intensify with new uses for cameras in education, such as the remote-operated Webcams on laptops provided for pupils' home use in the U.S." Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith said "constant filming and sound recording is unlikely to be acceptable unless there is a pressing need."
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