CCTV cam­eras to be fit­ted to metro trains in Athens

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Three years af­ter they first made the re­quest, Greek trans­port author­i­ties have been given the goa­head by the coun­try’s pri­vacy watch­dog to in­stall CCTV cam­eras in­side metro trains in Athens.

A to­tal of 408 cam­eras are to be fit­ted to the trains. There are al­ready an­other 204 cam­eras on plat­forms and in met­ros sta­tions.

Two years ago the Hel­lenic Data Pro­tec­tion Author­ity ruled that STASY, the author­ity that man­ages fixed rail modes of trans­port, could not in­stall the cam­eras as it would not be in pas­sen­gers’ in­ter­ests. How­ever, STASY put in a new re­quest last year, which has now been ap­proved.

The watch­dog de­cided that pas­sen­gers’ pri­vacy is not at risk and that the cam­eras would help en­sure greater safety on the metro, es­pe­cially as they would al­low the driver to see what is go­ing on in the car­riages.

The is­sued of safety on board the metro came to the fore when an in­cen­di­ary de­vice was left on board a train in Fe­bru­ary 2012.

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