In recent decades, the installation of video cameras for the purpose of monitoring in different kinds of places, such as on streets, in stores, schools, public institutions and even in workplaces, has considerably increased. Thus, for example, public streets and squares may be monitored by police officers in order to prevent disorder and crime and to identify the people involved, while video surveillance in schools and kindergartens serves to ensure the protection of children and to identify persons who have entered the territory.
What human rights violation may there be?
Video surveillance limits your right to control the use of your personal data and thus intrudes into your private life. It may result in the violation of your right to private life. During this process, your conduct is being recorded, and the documentation of it may be retained and used for different purposes. Therefore, video monitoring, as data processing, is allowed only in specific situations which are exhaustively listed in the General Data Protection Regulation.
About this section
This section is dedicated to the situations when you have been monitored by video cameras both in public and private places and you believe that the video monitoring and recording is an intrusion into your private life. Read more about the subsequent use of the footage and the images obtained through filming.
Read more about video surveillance in the context of crime.
Read more about video surveillance in the workplace.
Articles 25, 36
Applicable as of 25 May 2018
Articles 6, 9 and 10
20-23 May 2003
Joint publication by the the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Council of Europe
9 October 2015
See Summary on case law regarding the access to data
(2019-2019), pages 44-49