The Federal Privacy Commissioner, Voßhoff, has welcomed the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice which held that the Data Protection Directive applies to the use of cameras installed on a family home to protect the property, health and life of its owners, if the camera also monitors a public space. According to Voßhoff, the ruling confirms that the use of dashboard cameras recording the road traffic for the purpose of securing evidence is not compatible with privacy rights. However, the Commissioner also pointed to possible problems with an extensive interpretation of the Data Protection Directive, such as whether tourist recordings or the use of helmet cameras on ski slopes will now also be subjected to privacy provisions.

German Federal Data Protection Authority press release