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HCM City bans camera installation for infringement on people's privacy

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has just issued a regulation on management, operation and exploitation of monitoring camera systems in Ho Chi Minh City, which is effective from January 22.

 Of which, the city banned the installation of camera equipment to infringe the rights and privacy of individuals, organizations and businesses.

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Pursuant to the regulation, the city’s centralized monitoring camera system only serves for surveillance of public security, traffic situation, central areas, airports, crowded places to ensure security and order, traffic safety and environmental sanitation.

The Smart City Operations Center of Ho Chi Minh City is allowed to access the cameras with its highest authorization serving for management and direction of the leaders of the HCMC Party Committee and Municipal People’s Committee in all situations. Besides, the agency is permitted to access all the images of cameras in the system, including security cameras, public transportation surveillance systems or socialized ones.

In addition, following the regulation, the cameras being installed by individuals, organizations and enterprises have to adjust the surveillance areas under the properties or usage rights of those individuals, organizations and enterprises. Individuals, organizations and enterprises are responsible for providing databases from cameras for competent state agencies in case of requirement serving for management. 

Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong

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