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  • Schools and Buses Should Be Wary of Video Surveillance, says Privacy Commissioner

    The province’s Privacy Commissioner has released an audit report on the Use of Video Surveillance in Schools and on School Buses following recent calls for the installation of surveillance cameras on school buses and school property.

    Donovan Molloy concluded that while he supports the use of video surveillance in appropriate circumstances, it should not be the first or only solution used.

    The audit comes on the heels of calls for surveillance cameras on school buses and school property after a number of recent incidents, the most serious of which was a reported sexual assault on a school bus on the west coast.

    Molloy says while many believe that surveillance cameras are a deterrent, the literature does not support that conclusion.

    Surveillance cameras collect personal information and Molloy says the school district has not demonstrated the general authority to collect personal information through video cameras under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    He recommends that the district continue with efforts to ensure appropriate signage is in place by June 1 2019, and that written notification be sent to parents and employees as well as the school council when decisions are made to install video surveillance.

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