The Deputy Secretary of State and Internal Administration, Antero Luís, has authorised the installation and use of a video surveillance system in Funchal. The system will comprise of 81 cameras, which will cover the streets from the Municipal Garden to the Market, as well as part of Funchal’s Old Town district. The new surveillance system, stated Antero Luís, will provide additional security for the population, as well as pose as a crime preventative measures.
The use of video surveillance cameras follows the recommendations of the National Data Protection Commission in the opinion issued in July 2021, including: the video surveillance system must be operated in order to ensure the effective safeguarding of privacy and security, giving full compliance the applicable legal provisions; the head of the operational area of the Madeira Regional Command of the PSP is responsible for the conservation and processing of data; the video surveillance system will work uninterrupted, 24 hours a day, every day of the week; the capture and recording of sound is allowed whenever there is a situation of concrete danger to the safety of people and goods; access and disposal rights must be guaranteed, in accordance with current legislation; mechanisms for informing the public about the existence of the system must be complemented with information on the PSP website; the barring of private places must be carried out, preventing viewing, namely, of doors, windows and balconies, and the use of hidden cameras is not allowed.
The authorisation for the operation of this video surveillance system is valid for a period of two years from the date of its activation.
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