Manama > Saudi Arabia has banned the manufacture, import, sale, installation, operation and maintenance of security surveillance cameras without prior approval. The law will apply to all ministries, government institutions, oil plants, power water treatment plants, commercial complexes, banks, hospitals, mosques including the Masjid-ul-Haram in Makkah, and holy places.
Meanwhile, the installation of security surveillance cameras in examination rooms, inpatient treatment rooms and physiotherapy facilities in hospitals has been banned. The local newspaper said surveillance cameras were also banned from changing rooms, toilets, salons and women’s clubs.
The security surveillance camera must be installed, maintained and operated by legally authorized persons at all times and the recordings must be kept unaltered. Also, a board or panel should be installed showing that the camera has been installed in key locations. The transfer and publication of camera footage is prohibited except with the approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs or the Head of the Security Department, on the basis of a judicial order or at the request of a competent investigative authority. The penalty for broadcasting or publishing video recordings contrary to the provisions is 20,000
A fine of 500 Syria is charged if the technical specifications related to the installation of the camera are broken. A fine of 1000 Riyals will be charged for each camera that is not installed in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the manual. Failure to keep video recordings will result in a fine of 5,000 Riyals. Those who destroy or damage security surveillance camera systems will also be fined 20,000.
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