Friday, March 20, 2015

Draft law mandates CCTV use

Here's an interesting article from Kuwait City, "Cabinet OKs Law On Surveillance Cameras

KUWAIT CITY: The Council of Ministers has approved the draft law which has been submitted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al- Khalid for the installation of security surveillance cameras, reports Al-Anba daily.

The daily added, during the first phase 15 cameras will be installed at vital places and this exercise will be followed by the installation of cameras at other places as the need arises. According to the draft law, the owners of these so-called vital places will be obliged to install security cameras with a capacity of storing data for not less than 120 days.

The draft law stipulates three years imprisonment for any person found tampering with the recorded data by the surveillance cameras, for not saving the data or publishing any of the contents. Sources said what is recorded by these cameras shall be considered tangible proof in the event of any crime, assault or theft.

According to the draft law these cameras must also be installed at hotels, banks, and sports and cultural clubs, youth centers, entertainment centers such as recreational parks, shopping malls, commercial complexes, residential complexes, and banks, jewelry shops, jewelry stores, hospitals, clinics, and motels."

Notice the glaring omission? No hint about standards. You can't balance an equation by working just one side of the equal sign.

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