New law to make security camera installation compulsory

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 13, 2015 10:22

TIRANA, Nov. 11 - A new draft law making it compulsory to install security cameras in the majority of public spaces, including businesses has sparked concerns among experts over privacy rights and increased costs which will have to be handled by the business.

The bill makes it compulsory for businesses based in areas estimated as dangerous by the police, those with more than 50 employees or customers, businesses operating at night shift from 23:00 to 06:00 and those with an annual turnover of more than 10 million lek (€71,000) will all have to install security systems six months after the law is passed otherwise will face penalties.

The draft law also foresees compulsory security systems for gambling businesses, companies operating children entertainment facilities and businesses engaged in public transport and transport of dangerous goods.

The bill envisages fines of 5,000 to 20,000 lek (€35 to 142) on small businesses, 20,000 to 50,000 lek (€142 to 354) on medium-sized businesses and 50,000 to 100,000 lek (€354 to 709) on big businesses.

Introducing the new bill this week, Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said the installation of security cameras was crucial to guarantee a full investigation and bring perpetrators to justice.

"A very small investment is needed so that the investigation is conducted in a way that will allow the police to detect details to trace perpetrators," he said.

Experts say the installation of security cameras in public spaces could infringe privacy rights and turn into a blackmail tool. They also say the government cannot force businesses to install cameras by law whose footage will be made available to the police and the prosecution.

“The duty of the police is to serve citizens, they are paid by taxpayers and are obliged to serve citizens to the end," says Arben Hajdarmataj, a former senior police officer.

The government says the bill will also serve the fight against terrorism.

The bill foresees the installation of high resolution CCTV cameras which can store video footage up to two months, the use of high tech identification means such as detectors, real time surveillance connection on the guard of facilities with the state police and the use of private physical security services.

The law foresees that the subjects to this law are obliged to make available the audio-visual materials to the state police and law enforcement agencies for investigation purposes and that the administration of materials will be made based on legislation on protection of personal data.


Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 13, 2015 10:22