Students under video surveillance: the call to order of the Council

Students under video surveillance: the call to order of the Council

The National Commission for Computing and Liberties put three schools on notice for excessive use of video surveillance, Wednesday 18 December.

The National Commission for Computing and Liberties (Cnil) put three schools on notice on Wednesday 18 December for non-compliance with the rules governing the use of surveillance cameras. This organization, contacted by “La Croix”, does not wish to make public the names of these three establishments or the places where they are located because “it is not a question of pointing the finger but of preventing certain practices”.

The Council has indeed specified that it had received in 2018 more than 25 complaints about excessive video surveillance in schools, colleges, and high schools. These reports come from teachers’ or parents’ associations. These complaints denounced the fact that cameras continuously filmed places of life – playgrounds, canteens, computer rooms, sports grounds, and documentation center.

“Under systematic surveillance”

The Council, once informed, carried out surveys in the establishments concerned to verify whether they complied with the rules for the use of these surveillance devices“It is possible to film access to buildings and circulation spaces, in particular for ensuring the safety of students, agents and property and avoid malicious intrusion, specifies the CNIL. But, except in exceptional circumstances, a video system placing pupils or employees under systematic and continuous surveillance in their places of life and work is excessive. “

However, the CNIL investigators noted in the schools accused that “the pupils were placed under systematic surveillance all day long, whether at recess, in the canteen or in class” . “These cameras also made it possible to film almost constantly a part of the staff, in particular the supervisors, the staff of the canteen and the documentation center as well as the teachers of computer science or sports” , continued this independent organization.

 

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