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Swedish school monitors students with up to 80 cameras during the day
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
A school in Malmo, southern Sweden carries out intense surveillance of its students with the use of up to 80 cameras fully planted in its premises.

This happen despite the Swedish Data Inspectorate or known as Datainspektionen (DI) in Swedish found such action was not conducive for student’s self believe as the camera surveillance is deemed insulting to the students.

According to Swedish radio, when the Data Inspection Board, carried out its investigation into schools in the Malm� region, it found that there were 29 surveillance cameras filming students during their daytime, live in that particular school. DI found that monitoring student this way was insulting to them and had called the school to stop its surveillance of students in the daytime.

But when DI followed up the case to see whether their directives had been followed, it revealed that the cameras were still on, just days after the DI's report in October 2008.

Last year, when the DI made a further inspection, there were now 55 more cameras pointing at locations far from public access, making it almost twice as many cameras as during the inspection 2008. Since the inspection there has been even more cameras set up and now there are some 80 cameras set up in one particular school.

According to the Education Committee in Malm�, which is responsible for monitoring schools in the region, the cameras are as result of the fact that the school was exposed to fire, burglary and vandalism as soon as the cameras were turned off shortly after the DI’s first visit. The school then decided to put the cameras on, and subsequently to install more.

Data Inspection Board estimates that 28 of the school's security cameras should be turned off during the day and would not cause any security concern for the school.
There are cameras that are active only during the night, when no teaching is done. These are legally allowed to be in use.
By Scancomark.se Team

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