The Italian Data Protection Authority (the Garante) approved a general decision on closed circuit television (CCTV) systems that results in the repeal of the rules that have been in force since 2004. The new rules allow recorded data to be retained for 24 hours and leave open the possibility for that period to be extended up to seven days. In different cases, an ad hoc authorisation must be obtained from the Garante. The decision raises most of the issues traditionally associated with video surveillance in various contexts, from work places to public areas, and for various purposes, including crime prevention, property protection and social networking. (Decision in Italian.)
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