Compliance Obligations Related to Video-Surveillance Systems

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The design and the installation of a video surveillance system in Italy is often carried out without complying with data protection regulations, thus exposing companies to fines that can amount to several million euros.

The most important rules on video surveillance are prescribed in general by the General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/679 or “GDPR“), the Privacy Code in particular, Legislative Decree 196/2003 as amended by Legislative Decree 101/2018, and integrated by the guidelines provided by the Data Protection Authority (“Garante privacy“).

The fulfilments concern the display of an information sign that shall indicate, in a clear and transparent way, the presence of cameras, in a given area, together with the indispensable information required by law (among these, data retention, data controller and purpose of processing).

In addition, in order to achieve an adequate level of compliance with the law provisions, it is advisable to have internal regulations, a compliant system and a suitable legal basis for the installation of a video surveillance system.

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