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To satisfy the fair obtaining principle of the Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003, it is necessary that those people whose images are captured on camera are informed about the identity of the data controller and the purpose(s) in processing data.
Section 1 (4) (b) of the Data Protection Acts provides that the Acts do not apply to personal data consisting of information that the person keeping the data is required by law to make available to the public. A key point here is that the exemption from data protection requirements only relates to the information in the hands of those public bodies that are obliged to make it available. Any other entity seeking to use such information once in the public domain must comply with the standard requirements of data protection.
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