European Data Protection Digest

Pubs Won’t Be Required To Install CCTV

SURVEILLANCE—UK

June 20, 2013

The UK government says pubs in England and Wales with no history of trouble will no longer be forced to install CCTV systems, BBC News reports. The decision follows fears that the cameras were becoming a legal condition of licencing, which the Information Commissioner’s Office was concerned about. “CCTV has a role to play in stopping and deterring crime in anti-social behaviour hotspots. But well-run community pubs that don’t have a public order problem shouldn’t be tarred with the same brush,” said Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis. Meanwhile, in a separate example of surveillance, BBC News reports on how hackers use webcams to spy on unsuspecting individuals in their homes.
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