Ruling against cameras in schools

The installation of security cameras in schools portends was partially suspended for Justice, considering that the measure “violates the right to privacy of children and adolescents” that converge there. A judge adopted the decision in response to the presentation of the Union of Education Workers and the Observatory of Human Rights, in support of the parents of four girls attending two establishments of the city.

The suspension applies, for the moment, for those two schools, but both the teachers’ union and the ODH called for families who want to join the lawsuit to submit their accession. “Of the 17 secondary schools that are planning to install cameras, in 12 there were shots by students last year, indicating that the measure is intended as a tool of control,”.

By that time, it was already awarded the bid to launch a private security service for 330 dependent on government buildings of the city, including 92 relating to kindergartens and primary and secondary schools. The service includes the presence of security personnel and installing alarms and security cameras on each target.

In addition to schools and hospitals, the tender includes three former clandestine detention centers. The background did not provide reassurance to school communities involved: the government had signed an agreement with news channels for ceding recorded by cameras installed in public images.

However, the document warns that “unsigned” was made after the conclusion award contracts between the Ministry of Security and companies, which would not be covered by them. In that protocol, it clarifies that the cameras will be installed “on the perimeter” of schools, i.e. outside buildings, and work “outside school hours”.

However, for the judge there are contradictions in the text which suggest that the cameras would be installed within schools. For now, reveals the judge in his opinion, it is not observed in the tender documents “any specification regarding the place where the devices filming will be installed” and, times, only states that the service be paid “24 hours every day, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays”.

Based on these elements, concludes that “the means chosen” to provide the security service “appears easily disproportionate to the aim pursued (custody of goods and people), and that have not set any limit to the operation of imaging devices, an unreasonable infringement of the right of privacy is generated “. When to grant the request, the judge believes that schools will not be unprotected, as the tender includes the presence of security personnel and installing alarms.