In 2018, the Data Protection Commissioner launched an investigation into the use of cameras by local authorities for law enforcement.
Kerry County Council was one of those examined and had, at the time, 120 cameras in operation around the county.
There were 19 to detect illegal dumping and littering and another 101 – mostly in local authority estates – for “public order” purposes.
This is the investigation report from the Data Protection Commissioner on use of those cameras. It’s the first of its type to be published and is being made available here by Right to Know in the public interest.
The records were released on foot of this decision by the Information Commissioner which followed an appeal by Right to Know and our legal adviser Fred Logue.