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Cambridge security camera project under scrutiny from privacy commissioner

It comes after a complaint was filed that the camera system breached privacy, and were installed without a policy in place to govern their use
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A new report from Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner is calling on Cambridge to assess its security camera project.

This follows a privacy complaint about the system in the three downtown core areas, expressing concern that the system breached people's privacy, and were installed without a policy in place to govern usage.

"The city has not conducted an assessment of whether the video surveillance system is necessary to achieve its objectives," the report said.

It found the collection of personal information wasn't in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The office is recommending the city assess the project, implement a system in a manner consistent with the act and the report, and provide proof of compliance within six months.

Cameras were first installed in 2018 in the three downtown core areas as part of the first phase of the project.

Under the second phase an additional camera was put in place at the end of the Water Street Pedestrian Bridge, and five more were placed along the Dan Spring Way Trail in 2019.

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