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CCTV cameras being used in school changing rooms and toilets

Posted By admin On September 12, 2012 @ 2:24 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Ben Quinn
London Guardian [1]
Sept 12, 2012

More than 200 schools across Britain are using CCTV cameras in pupils’ toilets or changing rooms, according to figures obtained by anti-surveillance campaigners, who warned that the research raised serious questions about the privacy of schoolchildren.

A total of 825 cameras were located in the toilets or changing rooms of 207 schools across England, Scotland and Wales, according to data provided by more than 2,000 schools.

The figures are based on freedom of information requests lodged by the campaign group Big Brother Watch. Its director, Nick Pickles, said the full extent of school surveillance was far higher than the group had expected, adding: “Schools need to come clean about why they are using these cameras and what is happening to the footage.

“Local authorities also need to be doing far more to rein in excessive surveillance in their areas and ensuring resources are not being diverted from more effective alternatives.”

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/11/cctv-cameras-school-changing-rooms

[2] Student withdrawn from UK school over CCTV in toilets: http://www.prisonplanet.com/student-withdrawn-from-uk-school-over-cctv-in-toilets.html

[3] Big Brother High: School that has 112 CCTV cameras – that’s one for every 10 pupils: http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-brother-high-school-that-has-112-cctv-cameras-thats-one-for-every-10-pupils.html

[4] Teachers fear hidden CCTV cameras in schools: http://www.prisonplanet.com/teachers-fear-hidden-cctv-cameras-in-schools.html

[5] Revealed: Big Brother Britain has more CCTV cameras than China: http://www.prisonplanet.com/revealed-big-brother-britain-has-more-cctv-cameras-than-china.html

[6] Schools put ‘Big Brother’ CCTV cameras in classrooms to monitor teachers’ performance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/schools-put-big-brother-cctv-cameras-in-classrooms-to-monitor-teachers-performance.html

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