France Political Scandal Reveals Video Surveillance Problems

By: Charles Rollet, Published on Aug 22, 2018

In what French media describes as "the most damaging crisis yet for" French President Macron, a political scandal has revealed major gaps in the country’s enforcement of video surveillance regulations. These gaps could expose integrators and end users to government fines and other sanctions.

In this note, we examine:

  • What France's video surveillance regulations are
  • How they are routinely ignored / unenforced
  • How the scandal involved video surveillance
  • Why the video surveillance used was unathorized and potentially illegal
  • How French media is criticizing video surveillance regulations
  • What France’s data protection agency, the CNIL told IPVM about these regulations
  • How GDPR regulation complicates handling video surveillance such as this case

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Comments (1)

"Private homeowners are exempt from most regulations but still cannot install cameras that film public areas like streets (this even applies to outdoor garage cameras.)"

This is just so crazy. The nanny state mindset that generates policies such as this is terrifying.

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