15 Dec NL Privacy Commissioner Tells Businesses to Stop Posting Videos of Shoplifters
Newfoundland and Labrador’s privacy commissioner Donovan Molloy told businesses this week to stop posting CCTV footage of criminals as it is illegal under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, also known as PIPEDA.
The PIPEDA is a federal law that prohibits the release of surveillance videos on social media or even posting still images inside the shop itself.
Molloy explained that that owners should leave the sleuthing to police, who has the authority to weigh the benefits and harms of releasing footage for the purposes of identifying suspects. He added that since the intent is to embarrass, in many cases, people with mental health issues.