European Data Protection Digest

Datainspektionen: SJ Broke Law

SURVEILLANCE—SWEDEN

December 23, 2011

The Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) says the national rail service, SJ, violated Swedish law by placing surveillance cameras on trains without notifying employees, The Local reports. SJ had installed the cameras in order to identify employees who were thought to be stealing items from rail cars. "To watch over people this way in order to catch a perpetrator seems very much like the secret surveillance that only the police and other crime-fighting agencies can undertake, and then only in the case of serious offences," said Director General Göran Gräslund.
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