Video surveillance is an increasingly widespread phenomenon
in public places. Rapidly evolving technology and a growing feeling
of insecurity in the general population have gradually increased
public acceptance of video surveillance as a useful tool in the
context of crime prevention and detection.
Although the use of new technologies is increasingly efficient
in protecting public order and security in Europe, the fact remains
that video surveillance may impinge on human rights.
Legal, procedural and technical guarantees must be in place
in order to enable video surveillance to be carried out in full
compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights, as interpreted
by the European Court of Human Rights.
The report notes the existence of certain technical means
which can limit the impingement on human rights during video surveillance.
Member states should systematically make use of these technical
The report concludes that member states should consider adopting
unified signs (pictograms) relating to video surveillance and considers
that the Council of Europe should continue its work on the issue
of video surveillance in the future.