May 302011
 
 May 30, 2011  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Elaine Edwards reports:

A secondary school in Co Kildare was ordered to remove monitoring cameras from student toilets after parents made a complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner.

The case is outlined in the commissioner’s annual report for 2010, published today. It notes that use of CCTV continues to give rise to regular complaints.

Cameras were installed in the student toilets, and the students “objected to this intrusiveness”, the report says. “When their concerns were dismissed, they walked out of the school in protest.” As the cameras were operating in contravention of the Data Protection Acts, the commissioner ordered their immediate removal.

Read more on Irish Times.

Related: Annual Report 2010 and press release.

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