European Data Protection Digest

ICO: Royston Cameras Violate Privacy Law

SURVEILLANCE—UK

July 25, 2013

In a case that “may have wider significance for the gathering of number plate data in the UK,” the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ruled that Hertfordshire Constabulatory’s deployment of cameras around the town of Royston was in breach of law, BBC News reports. ICO Head of Enforcement Stephen Eckersley said, “It is difficult to see why a small, rural town such as Royston requires cameras monitoring all traffic in and out of the town 24 hours a day.” The use of these cameras “must be proportionate to the problem it is trying to address,” adding, “we found that this simply wasn’t the case in Royston.”
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