Security and privacy of surveillance technologies in public places

Expected to be tabled in September 2018

Overview

Objective To determine whether information collected from local government video surveillance activities in public places is secure and the privacy of individuals is protected.

Issues Surveillance devices are becoming more readily available, affordable and sophisticated. They are increasingly used in public spaces as a crime prevention measure and as a tool to detect and identify offenders.

Use of public surveillance technologies by local government agencies is widespread and growing, and councils typically make the information gathered available to Victoria Police. While this practice may have benefits for public safety, data security and privacy concerns have continued to follow government’s use of these technologies.

This audit examines the use of video surveillance technologies such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) and drones in public areas. The audit will also assess whether use of surveillance devices adheres to privacy laws and appropriate use policies, and whether information collected is protected from unauthorised disclosure.

Proposed agencies Melbourne City Council, Whitehorse City Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Hume City Council, and Horsham Rural City Council.

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