Three years after they first made the request, Greek transport authorities have been given the go-ahead by the country’s privacy watchdog to install CCTV cameras inside metro trains in Athens.
A total of 408 cameras are to be fitted to the trains. There are already another 204 cameras on platforms and in metros stations.
Two years ago the Hellenic Data Protection Authority ruled that STASY, the authority that manages fixed rail modes of transport, could not install the cameras as it would not be in passengers’ interests. However, STASY put in a new request last year, which has now been approved.
The watchdog decided that passengers’ privacy is not at risk and that the cameras would help ensure greater safety on the metro, especially as they would allow the driver to see what is going on in the carriages.
The issued of safety on board the Athens metro came to the fore when an incendiary device was left on board a train in February 2012. The unexploded bomb was claimed by a previously unknown urban guerrilla group calling itself the February 12 Movement.