Privacy law draft does not cover CCTV footage


An individual captured on CCTV camera at a public place will not be able to invoke the proposed privacy law to seek redress. This is one of the provisions of the draft Bill likely to be tabled in Parliament's forthcoming session.

"Draft (of the privacy Bill) has been prepared. We will go to cabinet after law ministry vets it," MoS, Personnel, V Narayanasamy said.

The draft Bill drawn up by DoPT addresses the home ministry's concern that interception laws must not change, and that footage from security cameras in public places are kept out of the ambit of the new law, officials said.

The draft, however, proposes to make individuals, organisations and agencies accountable for audio and video recording by creating a national body that will ensure that the circumstances are exceptional, and that the recorded data is not misused, the officials said.

The draft is learnt to have proposed a central monitoring system (CMS) to stop the illegal tapping of phones.

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