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Council Debates Surveillance Policies

SURVEILLANCE

August 20, 2011

At its annual policy review last week, Trent Hills Council discussed whether its video surveillance policy meets the standards established by Ontario's privacy commissioner when it comes to video camera placement and data retention. One councillor claimed that a camera placed outside a municipal library that records activity at the municipal pool across the street is in violation of the standard that cameras should monitor the property at which they're located, Northumberland News reports. Clerk Marg Montgomery said surveillance cameras on municipal property must adhere to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the cameras helped to catch vandals last year.
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