Germany pushes for greater video surveillance with newly-adopted regulation

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‘The German parliament has adopted an amendment making it easier to ramp up video surveillance in public places such as shopping centers and stadiums after a spike in terrorist attacks last year. The move has already prompted a wave of criticism from the opposition.

The amendment to the Federal Data Protection Act was adopted by the Bundestag, the lower house, on Friday. The measure comes on the heels of government’s response to public criticism of security lapses exposed after a string of lone-wolf attacks that hit Germany in 2016.

The new measures will, according to the government statement, make it easier for private companies to install CCTVs and other surveillance systems in public spaces like shopping centers, stadiums and car parks, and also increase the number of surveillance systems they use.’

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