SWEDISH DPA IMPOSES FINE ON HOUSING COMPANY FOR VIOLATION OF GDPR
The Swedish Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) has imposed fine of SEK 300.000 on a housing company for unlawful video surveillance in an apartment building.
In the present case, the housing company had set a surveillance camera whose monitoring area clearly covered two apartment doors, one of which belongs to the complainant and the other belonging to a resident whom has been subject to disturbances and harassment. The company claims that the purpose of the video surveillance was to resolve disturbances having occurred in the stairwell over time.
However, the DPA states that the video surveillance in question, monitoring individuals in their home environment is particularly privacy sensitive. Even if the company had a legitimate interest for video surveillance, it was outweighed by the residents' right to privacy, according to the DPA. Therefore, the DPA has imposed fine of SEK 300,000 on the housing company and ordered it to cease the video surveillance in such practice.
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