“Face detection may only be used for legitimate purpose ‘

Jan

29

2016

Functionality of smart cameras, such as the ability to automatically recognize faces, covered by the legal rules governing the processing of personal data and should only be used when it is necessary for the purpose. So says the Personal Authority.

Security cameras, also for individuals, are increasingly equipped with advanced features such as face detection and behavioral analysis, but the possibility should not be used just in the public space. “Cameras with facial recognition, for example, people tracking in an automated manner, tracking and profiling, which with regular cameras is not possible,” writes the Personal Authority. Therefore these personal images and their processing must include compliance with the Data Protection Act.

The Authority Personal discusses smart cameras in its policies. In addition, it means that companies and governments ‘smart’ functionality of cameras may be used in so far as necessary to achieve a specific legitimate purpose. For example, if a less invasive form of control is possible which achieves the same purpose, it would have to have these preferred. The authority gives as an example the use of a smart camera through a theater for counting visitors, the camera would have to record no images in order to achieve this goal. The Authority points out that smart cameras also properly may have less impact on privacy, such as cameras that only come on when motion.

There is no special legislation for the processing of personal data with smart cameras, camera drones and Dash cams. These would, like other cameras, falls mainly under the rules of the Data Protection Act and the Wpg. The Dutch privacy watchdog says the policy Thursday to publish to spend on the fact that the attention is the “Day of the Privacy”. The policy should provide organizations and individuals support in making the right privacy considerations. As CCTV in general should always have a legitimate purpose and should persons be informed beforehand filmed.

The Personal Information Authority also announced that there are multiple reports were received on CCTV in saunas and during funerals. There would be various saunas camera surveillance at places where people without clothes are available. According to the regulator this may not be the case, because that precisely are places “where people feel unobserved. Even at funerals should not be filmed, except as may be given explicit instructions by the relatives.

The regulator has published also his supervision agenda, in which different areas are defined which will get more attention this year. These include such areas as protection of personal medical data and personal data in the digital government. The Authority Personal Data Every year a new regulatory agenda.

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