Dashcam recording didn’t breach privacy

Dashcam recording didn’t breach privacy

The New Zealand privacy commissioner says that dashboard camera footage taken in a moving vehicle can be shared with the general public and not breach the privacy laws provided the video does not identify people.

According to NZME the issue arose when footage released by Neil Ellis from a dashboard camera onto the web showed what he claimed was a Park ’n Fly driver at Auckland Airport taking his car on a wild ride. The video was viewed more than 80,000 times in less than two days.

When Park ’n Fly director Mohammed Amil said he was considering legal opinions, Ellis restricted the availability of the video footage.

A privacy commission spokesperson told NZME that the driver captured in the viral video could complain if he felt aggrieved but Ellis’ footage did not feature images identifying the driver, so the privacy act did not apply.

Spokesman for the privacy commission Charles Mabbett where it becomes a marginal call for the commission is that the video does capture a short conversation between the driver of the vehicle and another person.

“While a general member of the public would not be able to identify the person or persons by their voice and comments, the employer presumably would be able to.

“But the feeling here is that this then becomes less a privacy issue and more an employment issue,” he says.

NZME reports that as well as forcing Park ’n Fly to respond to a number of customer complaints, the dash cam video and its aftermath triggered debate on areas of law regarding licence plates.

Media outlets and members of the public still pixelate or censor number plates in printed, uploaded or broadcasted images by convention, but are not required to.

Mabbett says of the other vehicles it fills travelling in front of it, it is no longer the case that the owner details are available through the motor vehicle register to other members of the public, as was previously possible.

However, this did not mean the commissioner encouraged people to deliberately share footage showing other people’s number plates he says.

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