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Commissioner To Conduct CCTV Audit

SURVEILLANCE—AUSTRALIA

September 6, 2011

Queensland's privacy commissioner says she will audit the number of closed circuit television (CCTV) camera networks after concerns about privacy, including a police investigation into stolen security footage from a casino. A count of cameras and their purposes will begin within weeks and will involve about 200 government departments, News.com.au reports. Acting Privacy Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata said councils are increasingly using the cameras as a law enforcement tool. "We have significant concerns with reports in the rise in the use of CCTV," Rangihaeata said. "And we are very keen to make sure security footage is used properly...There needs to be a higher responsibility." 
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