Kuwait legalises surveillance cameras in public areas

The Interior Minister says the cameras are needed to ensure security & insisted they would not infringe on privacy

Surveillance cameras will soon be installed in public places in Kuwait after the parliament legalised them.

Under the new legislation, shopping centres and hotels face penalties if they do not install cameras to monitor visitors, Kuwait Times reported.

Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al Khaled Al Sabah, an ally of the Emir, reportedly said the cameras were needed to allow authorities to monitor security at important locations, including against terrorist threats, and to help in the detection of crimes.

He insisted the new legal powers would not be abused or infringe on individual’s privacy.

Kuwait has so far avoided any serious public attacks since the Arab Spring, but it’s rulers have cracked down on public comment, including jailing the former opposition leader, for insulting the Emir.

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