Taxi Cameras Come With Policies
PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALANDAugust 5, 2011
A new law went into effect this week requiring taxi companies to install cameras in cabs and operate 24-hour call centres to protect drivers and passengers from attacks. Assistant Privacy Commissioner Katrine Evans said, "there have to be policies in place to check that the cameras comply with privacy law, such as controlling who has access to the footage, how the images can be used or how long they're kept." The Taxi Federation executive director told the Dominion Post that only authorized staff would be able to view the videos and they would automatically be deleted after four days. Meanwhile, the Privacy Commissioner has issued guidelines on how taxi organizations may use audio footage.