Belgium has effectively banned the use of facial recognition and other biometrics-based video analytics in surveillance cameras for private, non-police use, taking a strong stand and showcasing the impact of new EU privacy regulations on video surveillance.
What the Law Says
In March, Belgium passed an update to its 2007 surveillance camera law. Article 78 of the new camera law reads:
The use of intelligent surveillance cameras coupled with registries or databases of peoples’ personal characteristics is only authorized in the case of automatic license plate recognition, on the condition that these registries or databases are used responsibly according to the regulations protecting personal privacy.
Belgium's Data Protection Authority explained to IPVM that: