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Surveillance cameras on beaches, parks cause for concern

Privacy violations, infringement of rights cited

KUWAIT CITY, June 8: After the publication of a report last May on the tendency to install surveillance cameras along the beaches and parks and reserves to protect the environment and control violators, there has been growing concerns about the exploitation of these cameras to violate the privacy and infringement of freedoms, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The views of environmentalists differ on how to monitor and regulate the protection of personal freedoms, especially in beaches and gardens where families gather. Those who support the installation of cameras believe that they are necessary for security control and to monitor environmental crimes and violations.

In contrast, those who reject it believe that their installation in public places to monitor environmental violations may be exploited incorrectly, especially on beaches, demanding a clear mechanism for installation of cameras. According to a security source the presence of cameras in tourist places, beaches, parks and reserves is of great importance, since any violation can occur in a location and is monitored through cameras is a legal proof of what has happened.

The source pointed out that the presence of cameras is important, since it documents the environmental situation in the areas of interest, and there is a law issued in 2015 and the Ministry of Interior applies controls that protect the rights and freedoms.

For example, no records may be released except by the competent investigating authority. Article 14 of the Security Surveillance Act of the Ministry of Interior stipulates that “Anyone who deliberately abuses and defames others by capturing or taking a photograph, video clip or more of the recordings or publishing them using cameras and surveillance equipment shall be imprisoned for a period of 5 years, and fined not less than 3,000 and not more than 20,000 dinars.

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