25 May 2023

Jean-Philippe Deby, Director of Global Accounts at Genetec comments: “Coming from the public safety software industry, we’d often see companies treating privacy and security as a binary choice. I’m delighted to say the EU GDPR helped change that mindset, acting as a major catalyst for change in Europe and beyond. Part of its legacy is that we now have explicit legislation for data and privacy protection in 137 countries around the world. It’s now much more accepted that privacy can be ensured without compromising security.”

He adds, “In terms of improvements, I am surprised how little attention has been paid to the specific challenges of ensuring compliance for the operation of video surveillance, access control and other physical security systems. Any public or private organisations using CCTV to monitor public accessible areas should be concerned and operators need to focus on adopting privacy by design.”