Joaquín Muñoz, director of the Digital Law area of ONTIER, has analysed the legal implications of the installation and use of recording cameras in private vehicles for the specialised publication Diario Digital.
In 2019, the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) published a report on 'the systems for capturing and recording video cameras installed outside vehicles', on the basis of which Joaquín Muñoz provides answers to the main questions raised.
The director of Digital Law argues that 'necessity, suitability and proportionality' must be ever-present factors in the use of devices that may act in the sphere of privacy and affect third parties.
Thus, although today's technology is ready for facial recognition in crowds, it is necessary to raise a debate on ethics and privacy.
According to Joaquín Muñoz, it is necessary to assess factors such as 'whether the number of crimes, accidents, thefts and other types of activities that can be accredited by the dashcams is enough to justify the installation of these cameras by drivers.' He also reminds of the importance of 'reflecting on whether these are the ideal measures for achieving the purpose intended by the driver and whether there are other valid means (witnesses, car park cameras, cameras on the public highway, etc.) which are less intrusive on the rights of pedestrians.'
The complete report can be found here.