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Surveillance Laws! Faced with the development  of video surveillance, the boundary between privacy and security is regularly debated. Can I see the pictures? Does this constitute proof?

The main rules

Surveillance Laws! In terms of video surveillance, there are three important principles: as soon as people are filmed, authorization from the prefect is required before installing the camera. As soon as these videos are recorded, it is advisable to inform the CNIL (National Commission for Computing and Liberties). Finally, as soon as a video surveillance camera is installed, it must be displayed, in order to warn people that they are likely to be filmed.

Authorization requirements

The owner can only film at home, the employer has the obligation to inform his employees; the merchant must send a request for authorization to the prefect; and, in public places, he will be the person in charge of the public domain who will be authorized to make a request for the installation of one or more video surveillance cameras.

Does this constitute proof?

Video surveillance only constitutes proof if it is reliable and lawful, that is to say if the three basic principles have been respected (authorization from the prefect, information to the CNIL and display).

Can I see the pictures?

I have the right to see all the images taken concerning me, except if the security of the State opposes it. These will be kept for a maximum of one month, unless the prefect advises otherwise. I have the possibility of verifying the destruction of the latter on simple request.

In which case can I oppose it?

I can oppose the installation of video surveillance in the event that I am the owner. This is adopted unanimously. If I maintain my veto, the installation cannot be done without my agreement.
DAMY law firm , Nice, CCTV, what does the law say? 2022 Update