By Jentrix Wanyama & Jaaziyah Sataar
A closed-circuit television (CCTV) is a type of television system that enables surveillance by transmitting its signals only to the screens that are directly connected to it. Use of CCTVs boosts security efforts by making it possible for owners to monitor their premises. However, caution ought to be taken to avoid using CCTVs for illegal surveillance.
The government has embarked on a process of regulating the use of CCTVs in Kenya. A step taken is the drafting of a national CCTV policy (available here). In its preamble, the policy states that Kenya has faced grave security threats over the past thirty years and as a result, there has been an increase in CCTV installations. Further, the policy notes that the installations have been ‘ad hoc’ and ‘disjointed.’ The policy is presumably meant to provide some uniformity. The objective of the proposed policy is to ‘guide installation, operation and management of all CCTV systems in public and private premises while promoting their use as a mechanism to deter, detect and prevent crime for a safe and secure nation.’
The Ministry of Interior and Coordination recently called for comments on the policy, a process CIPIT participated in. Below, we highlight concerns that we raised in our submission.
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