Mayor Dan Bobbett of Paradise says their controversial security cameras have significantly cut down theft and vandalism in the town.
Paradise is going to court over a Privacy Commissioner’s report suggesting that their 93 security cameras around the town are not necessarily warranted, and violate the province’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
But Bobbett says cameras are a cheap, efficient way to guard assets. Privacy Commissioner Donovan Molloy warned that the cameras could constitute an invasion of privacy, but Mayor Bobbett says if you don’t have anything to hide, you shouldn’t worry about cameras.
Bobbett describes the ruling as a mistake. Bobbett says you shouldn’t have to justify camera use if they’re being used as a deterrent.
Meanwhile, the province’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner issued a statement on Twitter, saying the matter will be argued in court.
It calls the situation ‘unfortunate’ that the town made “without prejudice discussions public.”
This matter will be argued in Court, not the media. It is unfortunate that the town has taken this approach and that it has made without prejudice discussions public. https://t.co/mJesxNcDcI #nlpoli pic.twitter.com/7PjR4NJ348
— OIPC NL (@OIPCNL) October 11, 2018