A live broadcast of the MBC Dossier program just ended some minutes ago. Overall, it was very nice and informative. Today’s session concerned Road safety. They talked about speed cameras, alcohol test drives, awareness campaigns and how this department of the police, the Traffic Branch works.
For once, Keep it up the “Dossier Team“!
[except the few technical problems as usual, but we understand “Les inconvénients du directe!”
Perhaps you were expecting a rant on police or something, but in fact, I am quite unsure about something, that’s the reason why I decided to write this post to clear my doubts.
During this live program, the cameras recorded live video of the police officers stopping vehicles and performing routine checks. Of course, nothing was planned and the car driver together with the passengers were shot by the cameras. The cameras captured every single moment from the moment the police officer waived his hand till the moment the cars left the police stop. Also, there was nothing like a warning or some permission asked for the use of those tv cameras.
My questions :
- Does the MBC has the right to record you and broadcast that video live without your consent?
- What about the right for privacy? Can this be considered as a violation to this right?
- What would have been the scene if you were stopped by the police and you refused that the cameras are recording and broadcasting live without your permission?
My poor knowledge says :
Following the recent introduction of speed cameras and surveillance cameras in Mauritius, privacy concerns did rise. For this reason, all officers working with the surveillance cameras are supposed to sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that the proper use of these videos by authorized persons. If am not mistaken, the speed cameras also focus mainly on the vehicle’s number plate instead of the car occupants. These announced measures are done to ensure our privacy.
Simple example :
You were broadcast live on tv while You were with some people in some car. This caused You loads of problems for your personal live has reached the whole of Mauritius.
4. How do you feel and how would you react?
I would be grateful to you for providing the answers and your feedback on this excellent live tv program. Please note that the main objective of this post is purely informative. mainly about our right to privacy.