Mayor wants law change on CCTV

02.05.2022 - 17:06
Mayor wants law change on CCTV
Personal safety outweighs any privacy concerns in this case, says Tórshavn mayor
The Data Protection Agency argues that setting up CCTV cameras in the city centre would be in breach of privacy laws

Heðin Mortensen, mayor of Tórshavn, has voiced his concern after yet another late-night assault was reported in the city centre over the weekend.

He says he does not understand why the Data Protection Agency will not allow local councils to set up CCTV cameras to help police in their investigations of such incidents.

“I fully respect our privacy laws, but we need to make some changes to improve the safety of our citizens,” he says.

“In this case, the safety provided by CCTV cameras far outweighs any privacy concerns because only the police will have access to the footage.” 

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Mortensen has had talks with Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen, asking him to amend the privacy laws to accommodate CCTV surveillance in high-risk areas.

Nielsen says he is willing to check if there is political support for such an amendment. If there is, he is willing to submit a proposal to Parliament.

He does, however, doubt whether such a proposal would be voted through as there was considerable resistance to a similar proposal two years ago.


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