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          • Year: 2019
          • Serbian Government is Implementing Unlawful Video Surveillance With Face Recognition in Belgrade

          • BCSP, SHARE Foundation and Partners for Democratic Change Serbia analysed the Impact assessment of video surveillance on human rights, conducted by the Ministry of Interior.

        • The Impact assessment of video surveillance on human rights, conducted by the Ministry of Interior did not meet the legal requirements; also, the installation of the system lacks basic transparency. Hence, the process should be suspended immediately and the authorities should engage in an inclusive public debate on the necessity, implications and conditionality of such a system.

           

          The installation of smart video surveillance in Belgrade, with thousands of cameras and face recognition software, has raised public concern. Hundreds of people have submitted FOI requests asking the Ministry of Interior (MoI) about said cameras, while public officials made contradictory statements and withheld crucial information. Consequently, civil society has sought to assess the introduction of new forms of video surveillance in public spaces.

           

          Three civil society organisations - SHARE Foundation, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia (Partners Serbia) and Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) - published a detailed analysis of the MoI’s Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) on the use of smart video surveillance and have reached a conclusion that the document does not meet the formal or material conditions required by the Law on Personal Data Protection in Serbia.

           

          The Commissioner on Personal Data Protection in Serbia published his  opinion on the DPIA, confirming the findings of the aforementioned organisations According to the Commissioner, the DPIA was not conducted in line with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Law; it is not clear which surveillance system it refers to and what are the legal grounds thereof; it does not include a risk assessment regarding the rights and freedoms of data subjects, nor a comprehensive description of data protection measures.

           

          Find out more on the timeline of introduction of the smart video surveillance and findings of the analysis.

        • Tags: surveillance, Ministry of interior, personal data protection
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