Ireland - Retailers' group calls for a review of data protection law as it applies to the use of CCTV for crime prevention purposes

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Ireland - Retailers' group calls for a review of data protection law as it applies to the use of CCTV for crime prevention purposes

Published 29 June 2016

Following the publication by the OPDC of its 2015 Annual Report, the Retail and Grocery Dairy & Allied Trades Association ("RGDATA") called for a review of data protection law as it applies to retail premises in their usage of CCTV cameras for crime prevention purposes.

In its report, the ODPC stated that where retailers are using CCTV cameras on their premises, they ought to have a CCTV Data Protection Policy in place. Similarly, it was recommended that retailers appoint data protection controllers to oversee the usage of such CCTV camera to ensure compliance with Data Protection legislation.

In June 2016, the Director General of RGDATA, Tara Buckley called for a meeting with Minister Dara Murphy, the Irish Minister with responsibility for data protection, to ascertain whether there is national discretion to amend data protection law to facilitate the usage of CCTV camera for crime prevention in retail premises, stating: "we need to get the balance right here. Clearly people have a right to privacy. But equally business people have an entitlement to protect their livelihoods from theft and should be able to use modern technology to achieve this aim".

As of June, the ODPC had not made a statement in relation to Ms. Buckley's remarks.

A copy of Ms Buckley's correspondence with Minister Dara Murphy can be accessed here.

A press release from the ODPC on its 2015 Annual Report can be accessed here.

A copy of the ODPC's Annual Report can be accessed here.

To see our guidance on the usage of CCTV cameras and the associated Data Protection legislation implications, click here.

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Rowena McCormack

Rowena McCormack

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