Wednesday, May 22, 2024

EU rule stops surveillance in police cars at DKK 2 billion. kroner

EU privacy protections prevent the police from equipping patrol cars with 360-degree cameras. The colleagues in Sweden are already in trouble.

The police must and can do a lot in the hunt for speeding offenders.

But one thing they are not allowed to do is film with 360 degree cameras in police cars. The police in Sweden already found out last year.

Here they have both ordered and paid for 2,200 new Volvos to a value of more than 2 billion Swedish kroner. This corresponds to 1.28 billion Danish kroner.

But due to the EU's so-called data protection rules – also known as the GDPR regulation – the police are not allowed to use all the equipment on the cars.

READ ALSO: The transition to electric cars can be harmful, says the EU

Sofia Hellqvist from the Swedish police's press service tells Carup .

The new Volvos have been ordered with both radar and camera equipment for monitoring the Swedish drivers. But this kind of thing can for the time being be forgotten by the police. Because it's illegal.

The GDPR regulations initially put a total stop to the police's use of the technology. Just as the EU demanded that the Swedes make several changes.

Only a year and a half after the changes, Swedish police can now start using the technology. But it is still only on a trial basis and to a very limited extent.

Here at home, the police are subject to the same rules as the Swedes. On the other hand, more monitoring of motorists can be sneaked into the police arsenal. And the Danish police use it to a great extent. Read more about it here .

Another thing is that the police in Denmark do not want to reveal where in the country they 'hide' the stationary number plate recognition monitoring of motorists. Nevertheless, it is mapped and fully publicly available. Read more about it here .

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