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Questions and Answers - Privacy Zones

This Q & A took place in the Control Room between the Operations Manager and Jill Magid.


OM:
Each camera has its own particular name. They are just associated with a street name. Like this camera here, at the moment, is known as the Pier head Camera. Because you see basically we are sitting on the Pier head. Thatís is a big restaurant here at the Pierh ead there and thatís where the Irish ferries go out of.
JM:
Can you look into one of the windows of the restaurant, and actually see who is sitting there?
OM:
You could but we are not allowed to legally.
JM:
Why?
OM:
Because its law and its covered by the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act and what we call the RIPA Act and weíre messing with peoples civil liberties if we go into it.
More about the RIPA act.
JM:
So interiors are off limits.
OM:
Yeah.
JM:
So all the cameras are for street surveillance.
OM:
Thatís it. And for public areas. Thatís what its for so if we go into private areas weíve got the facility on this that we can shade out those areas-
JM:
And you actually do that? It seems like a lot of work.
OM:
We call them Privacy Zones. So we can install privacy zones onto it and they stay, so next time itís switched on, the computer knows that it is a privacy zone and it wonít put that. We can get an ability to override those, weíve got to go through government officials and people who would say yes you are allowed to do that. We would have to make an application for itÖthe system is for public surveillance and not for covert surveillance.
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