The National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (Cnil) has summoned a French municipality to put in order the pedestrian cameras of its municipal police force and its video protection device, not in accordance with the legislation in force, she indicated. this Thursday.

The name of the city has not been made public, but it is a "small town", said the institution guarding the private life of the French.

Among the shortcomings noted, the CNIL mentioned "the presence in the camera-pedestrian of video files dating back more than six months", the time limit for conservation of images.

She found that "certain data embedded in the images of the camera-pedestrian" such as the time stamp and the identifier of the agent carrying the camera "were inaccurate".

In addition, "the password allowing access to the software of the camera" is "not sufficiently robust" and "no measure" allows "to ensure the traceability of the access to the images", noted the CNIL.

A case that is not isolated

The case of this small town is not isolated, because "the problems identified are identical in most towns using pedestrian cameras, regardless of their size," said a spokesperson for the Cnil. With regard to fixed video surveillance cameras, the CNIL observed that they could allow “the visualization of the interior of buildings”, which is not authorized. Image retention is also inconsistent, and CCTV public information boards do not include all of the necessary information.

The municipality has four months to resolve the problems raised by the Cnil.

If it does not comply within this period, the restricted formation of the CNIL will be seized for a possible sanction.

The CNIL is under pressure from defenders of civil liberties such as the Quadrature du Net association, which accuses it of not doing enough to counter the temptation of the State and certain local communities to excessively develop surveillance tools. Automatique.

For several years, the CNIL has been calling for a democratic debate on video surveillance, the possibilities of which are now multiplied by artificial intelligence and mass processing of data.


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