Yukon Justice defends 450 video cameras in Whitehorse jail

Yukon Justice officials are defending the use of video surveillance at its Whitehorse facilities following criticism from the territory’s privacy commissioner that hidden cameras are being overused in the territory.

87 new cameras almost ready for service at the Law Courts Building in Whitehorse

Yukon justice officials are defending the use of video surveillance at its Whitehorse facilities following criticism from the territory’s privacy commissioner that hidden cameras are being overused in the territory.

Dan Cable, who manages communications for Yukon Justice, says there are over 450 security cameras in the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

“In our other buildings, we also have cameras and certainly there have been incidents over the years,” he says. “Not stuff might happen: stuff has happened and does happen and that’s the nature of the justice business.”

Cable says 87 new cameras recently installed at the Law Courts Building in Whitehorse are almost ready for service.

That includes 17 cameras operated by RCMP in the holding cells.

Cable says the implementation plan includes a privacy impact assessment done in cooperation with the Privacy Commissioner.

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