Data Protection lead PSP and GNR bodycams – Portugal

In the opinion sent to Parliament, the National Data Protection Commission says that the Government’s proposed law is a “blank check” to the police and raises the “most apprehension”.

The National Data Protection Commission (CNPD) rejected the proposed law that regulates the use of video cameras by security forces and services (PSP and GNR), pointing out that several norms are unconstitutional.

In the opinion sent to the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees of the Assembly of the Republic (AR), the CNPD considers that the draft law “introduces a very restrictive legal regime of the fundamental rights of citizens, in particular the rights to respect for private and family life and the right to the protection of personal data (…) by allowing mass surveillance in public space and in private spaces accessible to the public”.

The proposed law provides for the use by security forces of surveillance systems with fixed and portable cameras (among the latter, drones and bodycams). According to the CNPD, the “broad and imprecise terms” of the proposal open up the “generalized possibility of using artificial intelligence and facial recognition technologies”. The proposal “does not meet the minimum requirements in a democratic rule of law for the legislative restriction of fundamental rights”.

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