The Town Hall of Mérida has decided to get rid of all of the videocameras that have been placed in some of the urban buses as it considers that the current situation does not justify that they continue functioning, the of the concilman Citizen Security José Fernández explained yesterday.
The act took place on Tuesday, and now they have removedall of the cameras that were intalled in the Summer of 2005 in the middle of a big polemic considering neighbors and municipal syndicates whose presence, and the later storage of the images, damaged the right to privacy of the travelers and drivers.
The removal of them was decided few days after the resolution of the National Agency of Data Protection was made public which had placed sancions on the municipal business Urban Transports of 6,601 euros for not complying with the norms of teatment and storage of recorded images.
The resolution took place immediately after the denunciation presented by the syndicate Working Commissions that announced on Friday that it was going to appeal the sancion, estimating the sanction should be greater.
This removal of the cameras is not, however, definite, noted Fernández, but it is posible that it will be reviewed again in the future if it’s necessary to install in some line in which it is really proved that there exists a real danger to the integrity of travelers or drivers.
Accoding to the law...
“But if it’s considered necessary, the correct process will be followed: informing drivers and travelers, the correct treatment of the films will be followed, and everthing will go according to the law. In fact, the fines now have not been because of the placement of the cameras but rather because the process was badly realized,” warned the town councilman.