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CCTV Cameras Installed on Property – Allowed in Spain?

For full info read the file from the Agencia de Protección de Datos, the Data Protection Agency – in Spanish.

 

Guide Video Vigilancia – in Spanish

 

Summary, specific for Vivienda/Private home

 

Summary, specific for private garages

As of page 35 of the Guide re the connected issue whether filming of public areas is allowed, so the street in front of your property for example. In general: not allowed. Including the neighbour´s property – not allowed unless they have given explicit permission.

Signposting that you have video surveillance cameras in place is essential. Sample HERE.

In some situations it is legal putting cameras on private property even if they grab images from public spaces, provided it is essential for the surveillance, the captured images are not published in any way, there is no alternative way to do it and the camera system is an “offline” system, i.e. not connected to a remote alarm central by any means.

Update 14.11.2019. A recent ruling from the Supreme Court in Spain has confirmed that putting up false cameras for dissuasive purposes, so not actually filming anything, directed at a neighbour’s private property or garden, is not allowed. For reasons of infringement on their right to privacy. Just the fact that they are made to believe they are being filmed, is considered an illegal intrusion on their privacy.

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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