The “Düsseldorfer Kreis”, part of the Conference of German Data Protection Officers, has released new guidelines for video surveillance on public transport, to balance between the legitimate interests of public transports companies and the self-determination of passengers. According to the guidelines, video surveillance is not permitted if it aims only to add to passengers’ feeling of security or to defend against liability claims. Video surveillance could only be justified when it is for the protection of substantial legal interests. General, unlimited surveillance is therefore not permitted.

Press release (in German)