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Uruguay: URCDP issues guidance on use of video surveillance systems

The Uruguayan data protection authority ('URCDP') announced, on 24 April 2022, that it had issued, on 21 December 2021, its Resolution No. 58/021 on the criteria for the processing of personal data while using video surveillance systems. In particular, the resolution highlights the use of video surveillance systems in different environments  and notes that, among other things:

  • in cases where cameras are used for personal or domestic purposes, Article 3(C) of Law No. 18.331 on the Protection of Personal Data and the Habeas Data Action of 2008 ('the Law') does not apply;
  • the installation of cameras on streets is prohibited except for installation on essential spaces linked to a person's house;
  • in cases where cameras are used for public security purposes installed by the Ministry of Interior, such personal data must be processed in line with the principles set out under the Law;
  • concerning cameras used in banking activities, their use is exempt from the requirements under the Law by virtue of Article 3(b) of the Law;
  • where cameras are used in the workplace, an employer must inform the employees that the cameras will be installed, the places they will be installed in, how the images will be stored, and how the employees can exercise their rights; and
  • when using drones to capture images in public shows, the people concerned must be informed before the drones are used.

You can read the press release here and the resolution here, both only available in Spanish.