According to the Data Protection Commissioner of Thüringen, Lutz Hasse, companies and private individuals making video recordings  in public spaces must notify the competent state Data Protection Commissioner of their practice if they do not have an in-house data protection officer. The context of this opinion is a recent ruling by the administrative court of Saarland, according to which the pastime of wildlife watching was deemed to trigger the notification requirement under the German Data Protection Act. According to Hasse, this ruling affects the private use of all video cameras that are monitoring publicly accessible spaces. Consequently, dashboard cameras,  helmet cameras, and mobile phone cameras would trigger the same obligation to notify.

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