Watchdog allows CCTV cameras on metro trains

Watchdog allows CCTV cameras on metro trains

Greece’s privacy watchdog on Friday published the majority verdict that will allow CCTV cameras to be installed on Athens metro trains for the first time.

In a 5-to-3 decision, the Hellenic Data Protection Authority gave STASY, the authority that manages fixed rail modes of transport, the right to install the cameras. The watchdog refused STASY the right to install a CCTV network two years ago but now deemed 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 cameras will be installed in the 17 so-called third-generation trains that operate on Lines 2 and 3. A total of 408 cameras are to be fitted inside the carriages. There are already another 204 cameras on platforms and in metros stations.

An anonymous caller rang To Vima newspaper Friday afternoon to claim that a bomb had been planted at Aegaleo metro station. The station was closed while police conducted a search but no device was found.

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