European Data Protection Digest

Plans for Mandatory Audio Recording in Taxi Scrapped

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

June 1, 2012

The Oxford City Council has announced it will not pursue plans to require audio recording in all of the city's taxis after the Information Commissioner's Office warned that the practice may contravene data protection laws, reports The Oxford Times. Colin Cook, chairman of the council's general purposes licensing committee, said the council stands behind mandatory video recording, but that audio recording could be activated by a panic button. Disagreement continues over whether the cameras are vital to the security of drivers and passengers or an invasion of privacy.
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