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CCTV - Privacy Protections

The MPDC’s use of CCTV is sensitive to the privacy rights and expectations of individuals. Specific privacy protections have been written into both the MPDC’s internal policies and the public regulations. These protections include the following:

  • The CCTV system observes public spaces, where courts have held there is no expectation of privacy.
  • The system is used primarily to monitor wide areas. Arbitrary or discriminatory tracking of individuals is expressly prohibited by policy and regulation, and could result in disciplinary action.

The system does not use face-recognition or other biometric technologies.