New country, new job, more CCTV

The last weeks have been quiet here as I was preparing my move to Canada. I will now be working at a software company in Montreal, largest city of Canada’s “belle province”.

What surprised me here from a privacy standpoint is the large number of video surveillance cameras in use. As the significant majority of the cameras does not bear any information on who is receiving or recording the footage, there is no way of finding out how long the footage is stored or what else is done with it. This seems to confirm the observation of Privacy International that the guidelines by federal and provincial Privacy Commissioners have had little effect so far.

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