Mar 052011
 March 5, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Suzanne Morphet reports on the outcome of a complaint filed by residents at The Shoal Point condominium complex with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. over what they perceived as too much video surveillance in areas of the residential complex:

“The common areas are where we gather to socialize, where we play bridge, where we exercise,” one wrote. “It is like a family space. … Although we do not expect the same level of privacy in our shared space, we do expect to be free from unwanted monitoring or surveillance, whether overt or covert, by the strata council.”

The owners also complained that the strata corporation was using the video surveillance to go on “fishing expeditions” for bylaw infractions. Residents had been reprimanded for violating the dress code, smoking or drinking in prohibited areas and allowing their dogs to walk into the building instead of carrying them.


The adjudicator who heard the case, Jay Fedorak, ruled the video surveillance didn’t pass the “reasonable person test.” That is: would a reasonable person consider the purpose for collecting personal information in the circumstances appropriate?

Read more on Vancouver Sun.

It’s nice to see people reasserting their right to be free from security theater surveillance.

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