Executive Committee calls for responsible use of CCTV

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Lisbon (Portugal) – November 4, 2010 – The Charter for the democratic use of CCTV is one of the outcomes of the Efus-led European project “Citizens, cities and video-surveillance”, which had received the support of the fundamental rights programme of the European Commission. The Charter is the first of its kind at the European level and presents both a code of deontology and a set of practical tools that local authorities across Europe may use to manage and/or implement a system of video-surveillance of the public space.

Signed among others by the Mayors of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Saint-Herblain (France), Matosinhos (Portugal) and Genoa (Italy), the Charter remains opened for signature by all local governments committed to make a democratic and responsible use of this fast-evolving technology.

The Charter was now adopted by the Executive Committee of the Efus, during a meeting held in Lisbon (Portugal). In a resolution, the Executive Committee recommends “that any CCTV project should follow all of the seven principles of the Charter: Legality, necessity, proportionality, transparency, accountability, independent oversight and citizen participation.” Also, the Forum underlines the importance of informing and involving citizens, and of integrating data and privacy protection in the design phase of the system”.

The Forum “is neither in favour nor against the use of video surveillance,” adds the resolution. “It stresses that prevention must remain a priority in order to establish and maintain urban security,” and “recognises the contribution CCTV can make to situational prevention even if [its] overall preventive capacity is limited.”

Read the Resolution of the Efus’ Executive Committee on CCTV