According to the Spanish Data Protection Agency, the number of video surveillance systems registered in the General Register of Data Protection has been increased in 10.000 registries, from 5.000 to 15.000, during the last year. The huge increase in the camera’s number, the lack of regulation of this subject, and the technical difficulties to apply the Data Protection Spanish Law to these security systems, has given rise to the publication of a guide by the Spanish Data Protection Agency. In this guide these kinds of files are deeply analyzed and it also established the guidelines to manage this data processing.
The Guide makes an important effort to define the Data Protection Law’s application to image’s processing and establishes that the current principles in data protection’s subject must be applied to camera’s using, and to any technical means which captures, registers, conserves or stores images of natural persons identified or identifiable, whether it is used with surveillance aims, controlling the personnel or any other purpose.
Although we recommend the Guide’s reading, we bring forward the Agency’s proposals to process and capture the images: