Government authorises cameras on drones to prevent and detect fires

in News · 26-06-2020 01:00:00 · 2 Comments

The government has authorised the use of 14 portable video surveillance cameras on drones to prevent and detect fires, but the equipment cannot capture or record sound, according to the Diário da República.

According to the order published on 23 June, the use of portable video surveillance cameras in unmanned aircraft extends until the end of October and aims to “safeguard the safety of people and goods in the forest and improve conditions for prevention and detection of forest fires”.
Among the conditions imposed on the use of this equipment is the non-capture and recording of sound and the prior authorisation for its use, indicating the area covered, the purpose and the person responsible for data processing.
Hidden cameras are not allowed and the capture of images of people must safeguard their privacy and the Information Directorate of the GNR Operational Command is responsible for the conservation and treatment of the data, according to the order.
The document also says that all operations and anomalies detected “should be subject to registration”, which must be preserved for a minimum period of two years.
The use of portable cameras was the subject of an opinion by the National Data Protection Commission and the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority.


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