Police Pledge Adherence to Privacy Guidelines
SURVEILLANCESeptember 20, 2013
Hamilton police have agreed to follow Ontario’s privacy guidelines for the use of video surveillance, The Spectator reports. The newspaper had previously revealed the police department’s video surveillance program appeared to be “violating provincial guidelines designed to protect the public's privacy, and this had been the situation for years,” the report states. Deputy Chief Ken Leendertse announced new policies to comply with the provincial guidelines and promised an annual report reviewing the program “and its effectiveness according to the privacy commissioner's ‘Section 4’ criteria, which deal with demonstrating an ongoing need for surveillance and proving the effectiveness of the tool,” the report states.