Feb 142015
 February 14, 2015  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Bruce Owen reports:

You’re being watched more than ever, and it’s only going to increase.

The rising use of surveillance cameras in public places has prompted Manitoba’s ombudsman to come up with a new list of rules to protect your personal privacy.

“Pretty much everywhere you look these days, more organizations are using video surveillance,” Manitoba ombudsman Mel Holley said. “What we’re doing here is trying to say, ‘Look, everyone is doing this now, but when you do it, think about the implications.’ ”

Holley said the new video-surveillance guidelines are only intended for public organizations that are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Health Information Act. Examples are Winnipeg Transit, which now has camera systems on all of its buses, and the Manitoba Legislative Building, which is seeing the installation of exterior security cameras in the wake of last October’s shooting in Ottawa that took the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Read more on Winnipeg Free Press.

Related: The Video Surveillance Guidelines are available at: https://www.ombudsman.mb.ca/uploads/document/files/video-surveillance-guidelines-en.pdf

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