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Video surveillance: Most cameras violate privacy laws

Second, a study carried out by Federprivacy in collaboration with Ethos Academy, it emerged that only in 8% of cases citizens who enter a public establishment equipped with video surveillance find a regular sign displayed. What is the current situation on the video surveillance and privacy relationship? Let’s find out more details about it together.

Video surveillance and privacy

According to what emerged, over 4 million euros is the value of the penalties for violations of the GDPR due to non-compliance of the installed cameras! The data is certainly a signal that the risks to privacy, and the danger of sanctions, are often underestimated.

A little data

Four years after the entry into force of the GDPR, Italian cities are increasingly smart and cameras are now scattered everywhere. However, in 92% of cases the video surveillance systems do not comply with the EU Regulation on the protection of personal data.

According to 2,000 individualsonly 8% of the respondents who entered a public establishment claim to have found a regular sign informative on the video surveillance system. The study found that in 38% of cases there is no sign at all, and when there is, it is not filled in with the necessary information.

The lens on installations

Apparently, designers and installers have a large share of responsibility. Out of 1,127 operators interviewed, only 46% admitted that they are dealing with complex issues that involve high risks.

The statements

Commenting on the Video Surveillance & Privacy Report between citizens, professionals and businesses, the president of Federprivacy, Nicola Bernardi he has declared:

“Even if the Gdpr marked a historic turning point for the protection of citizens’ privacy, the fact that those who install video surveillance systems still have little sensitivity towards the rules on the protection of personal data is a worrying phenomenon, especially if we consider that two years have passed since the European guarantors published the Guidelines n.3 / 2019 to provide any clarification that may be necessary, and therefore we should not be surprised if more than 15% of the sanctions are specifically referred to violations committed through cameras and video surveillance systems, weighing a total of over 4 million euros on public and private companies “.

And then again, Andrea SandroliniCEO of Ethos Academy, said:

“The results show that there is still a lot to do. The GDPR brought about a radical change that was to allow security professionals to train and adapt the installed systems to the standard, but to a large extent this was not the case. It is therefore necessary to carefully consider the need for adequate and timely training for the sector’s insiders, who must roll up their sleeves to develop their skills and secure their business and the client “.

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