Cyprus Mail

Probe into spy cams installed at CBC

THE Commissioner for the Protection of Personal Data sent four members of his team to the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) yesterday to investigate possible violations of personal data laws following the installation of surveillance cameras. 

According to state broadcaster CyBC, the surveillance cameras were installed last Saturday, possibly prompting a complaint by staff to the personal data commissioner Yiannis Danilides, who ordered an investigation.

Danilides told the broadcaster that the findings of the report would be announced today.

Sources told the CyBC that state-of-the-art surveillance cameras were installed on Saturday on every floor of the CBC building on Kennedy Avenue in the capital. The CBC governor has reportedly had similar cameras installed at his residence.

Whether the cameras were put there for security reasons or as part of an attempt to keep a closer eye on staff will determine whether personal data laws have been violated or not.

In 2007, a similar allegation was made by employees of the Competition Commission, who accused their boss Giorgos Christophides of setting up cameras to spy on them.

Christophides subsequently resigned from the post, which he took up in 2005.

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