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Surveillance cameras, subject to fabulous fines in Romania: what you are not allowed to do with them, what the law says


If you are one of the Romanians who use surveillance cameras, you should also know what the law provides about them. If at the moment it can represent a good security system, find out that they can also bring you fines.

Many individuals or legal entities use surveillance cameras. Often, they can catch not only what is happening in the person’s area of ​​interest, but also in the vicinity of the person who can record things related to the privacy of other people who pass through their scope.

Thus, problems may arise when these images are used for purposes other than legal purposes, in which images of people in public are displayed in public. This can result in non-GDPR compliant images.

A fine has thus been imposed by the National Authority for the Supervision of Personal Data Processing and draws attention to the fact that the publication of a Facebook image on video cameras is not allowed.

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Mounted surveillance cameras can fine you

Even if in Romania such a fine cost the company only 1,000 euros, for the same deed, in Norway, the fine applied was 40,000 euros. ANSPDCP came up with a number of recommendations in this regard and they show that:

  • the installation and use of a filament chamber must be justified and necessary and proportionate to the aim pursued;
  • filming and audio recordings may only be used for the reasons given for its justifications, so if those surveillance cameras have been installed to prevent theft, the images may only be used for that purpose;
  • persons accessing the recordings of the viewing chambers must do so in a clearly defined environment and limit the exposure of the data;
  • any space that is subject to video surveillance must be announced. Specifically, there must be signs or posters announcing that people passing through the area of ​​action of the video cameras are registered;
  • Image retention should not exceed 30 days than give occurred in situations in events require storage for a longer period of time. Once this period has elapsed, it does not mean that the captured images are no longer subject to GDPR rules and can be used for purposes other than those for which they were installed. After 30 days, the images must be deleted from the storage media, according to avocatnet.ro.
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