Legal Implications of Installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras in Public Schools.

2 March 2018

Our Managing Partner, Suaran Singh was recently quoted at length in an article regarding the proposed CCTV installations in classrooms and teachers room in public schools by a famous independent local news website, FreeMalaysiaToday. The article can be found here;

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/03/01/you-dont-need-cctv-cameras-in-teachers-room-says-nutp/

The article talks about the legal implications of installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in public schools. Kamarozaman Abd Razak, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president has warned that installing CCTV cameras in “private spaces” violates basic human rights. Harry Tan, NUTP secretary-general said that CCTV cameras would jeopardise the privacy of the teachers and cause issues related to sensitivities.

 Managing Partner of Koh Dipendra Jeremiah Law (KDJLaw), Suaran Singh who heads the Bar Council’s cyber law and information technology committee, has said that there is nothing wrong with schools installing CCTVs at their premises as long as the school authorities comply with the guidelines under the Personal Data Protection Act or PDPA.