The guarantor for the protection of personal data opened two specific investigations against two municipalities in connection with video surveillance systems. The two cases are similar in the guarantor’s investigations, but they are different from the point of view of the techniques used.
The first municipality involved It is Lecce where the use of video surveillance systems is expected.
Specific regulations in force, both national and European, require the use of video equipment if required To carry out a task in the public interest or related to the exercise of public authority.
In the case of municipalities, video surveillance systems can only be used if An urban security agreement between the mayor and the county.
The guarantor also indicated that, until December 31, 2023, it is not permitted to install and use facial recognition systems using biometric data in Italy. The only exceptions are investigations by the judiciary or the prevention and suppression of crimes.
It’s also important to remember that there have been many cases of unauthorized use of these technologies in this thread, as in the case of Clearview.
Clearview AI has also monitored Italian citizens. A fine of 20 million from the guarantor of privacy
The Municipality of Lecce will have to, in the specific case, provide a privacy guarantor TheA description of the approved systems, purposes and legal bases for processing and a list of databases consulted by the agencies. So in these cases, since it is a matter of systematic, large-scale monitoring of an area accessible to the public, it will also be necessary Evaluate the impact on data processing.
different case of Municipality of Arezzo.
In this second case, the privacy guarantor wants to deepen the news starting December 1, 2022 Experimenting with so-called super infrared glasses used to retrieve data associated with a vehicle’s license plate number In the event of violations. The device, which will be worn by authorized personnel, will allow access to key databases and obtain the required information in real time which will be printed directly on the eye visor.
The Authority intends to emphasize how regulations that may involve Remote control of the activities of people and workers.
So, similar to the Lecce case, also the municipality of Arezzo He will have to provide a copy of the information that will be made available to the citizens to whom the inspected vehicles refer and those provided to the personnel who will be wearing the controllers. The impact assessment on the processing of the collected data should not be omitted.
It is useful here to recall what the European Parliament also approved regarding video surveillance and facial recognition through it artificial intelligence systems.