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Source: Privacy Commissioner

Schools concerned about behaviour in their bathrooms have been calling the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) asking about their options for using CCTV. Schools want to know if they can install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) networks in children and young peoples bathrooms to deter negative behaviour such as vaping and bullying. Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster says, bathrooms are highly sensitive zones for privacy and theres some clear points that schools need to consider first.

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Schools need to be open with their communities about using CCTV and have clear signage and notices of it. They need to take care to focus cameras away from intimate activity (i. e. , toileting and changing). Schools also need to be sure theyre not using audio to pick up conversations without additional privacy assessments done first.