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Cameras can stay in Talisman's locker room, says commissioner

Alberta's privacy commissioner has ruled the Talisman Centre can continue to use video cameras in the men's locker room.

Alberta's privacy commissioner has ruled the Talisman Centre can continue to use video cameras in the men's locker room.

The office investigated the use ofcameras in the sports and recreation complex after a complaint about loss of privacy, said Wayne Wood, spokesman for Commissioner Frank Work, Thursday.

The cameras are only pointed at the lockers, said Wood.

"The cameras are stationary until someone walks within their range of view and then the camera actuallystarts up and starts to record. What the camera is recording onto is a stationary computer which is not hooked up to any kind of anetwork and there are no monitors hooked up to that particular drive."

The Talisman Centre locker roomvideos aren't viewed unless a theft complaint has been made and a police officer is present, he said.

The Talisman Centre installed the cameras in 1997 to prevent theft from lockers after there were more than 400 break-ins inside the men's locker room in one year alone.

The sports facility firsttried a number of other security measures, which didn't work.

After the cameras went up and signs were posted to alert people to them, the number of thefts dropped to fewer than10 a year.

Wood said theTalisman Centre has been askedto include more information on the signs about why the cameras are there and who to contact about it.

There are no video cameras in the women's change room because it didn't have a high number of reported break-ins.