AA to lobby on dash cam footage pri­vacy

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The AA has raised con­cerns at the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple who are shar­ing dash cam footage on­line and has said it will lobby Gov­ern­ment to look at pri­vacy laws sur­round­ing the tech­nol­ogy.

Clas­sic car own­ers and the wider public have been fit­ting dash cams to in in­creas­ing num­bers to help pro­tect them from ‘crash for cash’ schemes.

The AA says that the num­ber of driv­ers us­ing one has rock­eted from just one per cent in 2012 to 15 per cent in 2017.

How­ever, AA president, Ed­mund King, says: ‘ There is an el­e­ment of ve­hic­u­lar voyeurism from some in­di­vid­u­als in ad­di­tion to the ma­jor­ity of driv­ers who fit cam­eras to pro­tect them­selves from crash for cash or dan­ger­ous driv­ers.’

The AA says that it sup­ports cam­era ev­i­dence to be sub­mit­ted to po­lice where it can be as­sessed and the other party can be asked for their side of the story be­fore ac­tion is taken.

How­ever, King said that vic­tims of on­line videos could be caught out by diesel spills, ice, or avoid­ing other cars.

theaa.com

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