Media release: Moreton Bay Regional Council’s use of upgraded CCTV cameras with audio recording capability - 8 February 2017

Queensland’s Privacy Commissioner will be seeking clarification from Moreton Bay Regional Council about their use of CCTV cameras that record audio to determine Council’s compliance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).

This follows Councils recent deployment of upgraded CCTV cameras. Council operate a network of 874 CCTV cameras throughout the Moreton Bay Region and over one third now have the capability to play back audio.

Privacy Commissioner Phil Green said, “I have written to Moreton Bay Regional Council seeking clarification about how these upgraded cameras are being used and managed so I can determine whether Council is complying with Queensland’s Information Privacy Act.”

“Council have indicated their willingness to work with us on this issue and that’s a positive step in the process.”

“While I have concerns about the upgraded cameras’ ability to record audio it’s vital to have all the facts before proceeding further.”

“Technology is challenging many aspects of our laws, including privacy. When this occurs and citizens’ rights might be affected it’s important to gather the facts and keep the public informed”, Privacy Commissioner Green said.

The Office of the Information Commissioner, is Queensland’s independent statutory body established under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) to promote access to government-held information, and to protect people’s personal information held by the public sector.

If any individual believes their privacy has been breached they should make a privacy complaint to the Council involved. If the individual is dissatisfied with Council’s response to their complaint, they can contact the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) to discuss lodging their privacy complaint with OIC.

Queenslanders are also protected by the Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 (Qld) however this legislation is outside the Office of the Information Commissioner’s jurisdiction.

Read more information about camera surveillance and privacy or how to make a privacy complaint here.

Media contact: Steven Haigh
Phone: (07) 3405 1111