European Data Protection Digest

MP Fights Against CCTV in Taxis

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

April 6, 2012

An Oxford West MP has written to the Oxford City Council urging it to halt plans to install CCTV cameras in all new taxis beginning 1 April. MP Nicola Blackwood also has written to the Information Commissioner's Office asking for an update on the council's investigation into the plans, ITV News reports. The council believes the cameras will increase safety for passengers and drivers, but Blackwood says "the city council has crossed the line with this policy; it is an invasion of privacy and undermining of civil liberties that neither passengers nor taxi drivers themselves have welcomed." She also questioned whether the plans comply with data protection law.
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