Data protection concerns delay community CCTV in Urlingford

Mary Cody

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The trojan efforts of the Community Alert group in Urlingford in raising funds for the installation, operation and maintenance of CCTV was praised at Monday night’s Joint Policing Committee meeting.
Chairman of Urlingford Community Alert group, John Cahill raised the matter at the meeting and said that the group had raised ‘a sizeable amount’ to provide CCTV in the North Kilkenny town.
“This time last year we started collecting money for CCTV and since then we have been sent from Billy to Jack. We want to know what is happening and how the data protection regulations are affecting the process,” he said.
Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes, who attended the meeting, commended the group for their work to date.
“CCTV works as firstly it prevents crime and it also gives people a feeling of safety,” he said adding that there were ‘data protection issues’.
Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Peter McConnon remarked that CCTV is ‘a huge tool in preventing crime’ and outlined how there is legislation governing CCTV for gardaí and also for community-based organisations.
“If a crime occurs and gardaí want to obtain footage from CCTV belonging to a community group then must apply to a Data Protection Officer and have the specifics for what we what to download. Strict access to footage is in the interest of everyone’s safety and privacy,” he said adding that before the community-based CCTV could become a reality there were data protection issues that needed to be resolved.
CEO of Kilkenny County Council, Colette Byrne appealed for patience while the issues are being resolved.