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Sheikh Mohammed authorises Dubai Police to use security cameras in public spaces

Sheikh Mohammed authorises Dubai Police to use security cameras in public spaces

Police officers are prohibited from transferring, storing, transmitting or publishing any security footage without written consent from relevant authorities

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a new resolution authorising the use of security cameras to document the activities of Dubai Police officers.

The Resolution No. (14) of 2020 issued on Wednesday permits the Dubai Police to use security cameras in public areas to handle situations as part of their daily duties including handling traffic violations.

However, the police officers have been instructed to adhere to the legislations governing the use of security cameras, especially with regards to public’s privacy.

The officers are prohibited from transferring, storing, transmitting or publishing any security footage unless they obtain written consent from authorities at Dubai Police or judicial bodies.

Also, the officers should maintain the confidentiality of the security camera footage. Any officer who violates the articles of the resolution will be subject to disciplinary procedures.

The Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police will issue the bylaws required to implement this resolution.

This latest resolution “seeks to strengthen the community’s confidence in the police force, protect their rights, ensure transparency and accountability, and enhance documentation of police interactions,” said a statement by the official news agency WAM.

It also aims “to improve the quality of Dubai Police’s services and enhance the performance of its personnel.”

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