Freedom of Information won again - Budapest Police Department’s CCTV system data will be accessible

On 7 Nov, 2006 the Court of the Capitol obligated the Budapest Police Department (BPD) to let HCLU access the data requested in May, 2004.

HCLU’s data request questionnaire consisted of eighty-questions, addressed to each Capitol districts’ police chiefs. The questions were referring to CCTV camera systems in public spaces: technical details, legal and economic background, people’s attitude towards them, system control, staff qualification.

The questions were mostly answered by chief of the office of BPD. Since some of the questions remained unanswered HCLU gone to court in order to access those public interest data.
The trial took place at the Court of the Capitol. According to the court of appeal’s verdict BPD has to make the following requested public interest data public:

- CCTV systems’ operational figures
- the system-related efficiency study
- camera location map
- system-related contracts and agreements with local governments
- signs indicating camera location
- system enlargement plans

The Court of the Capitol found the denial of system-related measures, instructions and various regulations grounded.

The defendant has to make the above mentioned data available in 15 days.

 

Share

Related articles

HCLU on the Corruption Package

The HCLU sent its opinion to the Members of Parliament on the draft amendment submitted by the government, which aims to establish new institutions in its fight against corruption.

Report on the court process regarding the data related to Nuclear Power Plant’s Damage Control Measures

The court proceeding at the Metropolitan Court continues between Energy Club and the National Atomic Energy Agency’s Nuclear Safety Directorate (OAH-NBI). Press was present in great numbers, unfortunately no decision was made yet.

FTC Support Group Association vs. Hungarian Football Federation 1:0

The FTC SGA initiated proceedings because the HFF rejected its request to access the list of members serving on the Licensor’s Committe. In 2006, the Committee decided on the exclusion of the FTC from the first division. Read on for the details.