Square’s CCTV system banned

Greece’s privacy watchdog has asked a municipality in northern Athens to take down a CCTV system it had installed to prevent vandalism because it was found to «breach residents’ privacy.» In a decision made public yesterday, the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (APPD) instructed the Municipality of Drosia to remove four surveillance cameras from electricity poles around Koroli Square. The local authority said that the cameras had been installed after incidents of vandalism in the square. The municipality said it was hoping to gather evidence to pass on to the police. However, APPD found that the square was too small to justify the existence of the CCTV system and that there had not been any vandalism recently. The watchdog looked into the case after a complaint from a Drosia resident who claimed that some of the cameras were being used provide security for houses opposite the square.