Outrage over challenge to CCTV's legality

NEW South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell and the Police Association have slammed a tribunal decision that has thrown the legality of CCTV cameras into question.

Adam Bonner, a resident in Shoalhaven on the state's south coast, complained that the council's CCTV cameras in Nowra breached the privacy of the residents.

He argued it was not the council's role to collect evidence for the purposes of prosecuting crime and used expert evidence to show crime had increased after the cameras were installed.

The Administrative Decisions Tribunal upheld his complaint and the council turned off its cameras immediately.

The tribunal was not satisfied the signage near the cameras adequately informed people about their privacy implications, and ruled the council had not shown that filming people was reasonably necessary to prevent crime.

Read more at ABC news online.


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