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"It's time for us to take a hard look at cameras," said Tully.
"What appears to have happened in Nova Scotia over the last 10 years or so is a lot of cameras were installed, but there wasn't a lot of privacy impact or evaluation done." She said it's time for Nova Scotia's guidelines on video surveillance to be re-evaluated, and pointed to two key issues.
Unsecured web cameras in a Cape Breton school have broadcast hundreds of thousands of detailed pictures of students to the internet in recent years.
The cameras were only made secure this week, after CBC News alerted the primary to Grade 12 school and the local school board.
Nova Scotia privacy commissioner Catherine Tully has launched an investigation into the use of webcam surveillance at a Cape Breton school that unintentionally broadcast hundreds of thousands of pictures of students to the internet.
A CBC News investigation revealed the security lapse that led to images recorded at the Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona ending up on the Russian-registered website insecam.org, which displays links to thousands of web security cameras around the world.
One of the Panasonic HD security cameras was positioned across the hall from a boys washroom at the Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona, N. The interior of the washroom, which is doorless but accessible through a curved entrance, was not visible. Faces of students and staff were clearly visible in the images, said Lewis Mac Donald, who co-ordinates facilities management for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
A tipster sent CBC Nova Scotia Investigates a link to the cameras from the Russian-registered website insecam.org, which displays links to thousands of web security cameras around the world.
Mac Donald said a letter was also sent home with students Wednesday afternoon.
"An investigation is ongoing into the specific incident at Rankin, and remediation actions are ongoing in other schools," he said.
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