The first CCTV system was installed by Siemens AG at Test Stand VII in Peenemünde, Germany in 1942, for observing the launch of V-2 rockets. In Madrid there are officially filed 32,200 authorisations for stablishing CCTV´s networks focussing and pointing to the public spaces of the city. Each of this files compromises an undefined number of cameras which in the case of “Metro Madrid” is 8,677 devices working 24/7. In Belgium, according to the CPVP (Comission de la Protection de la Vie Privée) and to the cameras law (Loi de Cameras), a simple streaming webcam through Internet is not considered CCTV, so only the “Private life law” (Loi vie privée) is applied. Furthermore, according to the Loi du 8 décembre 1992 relative à la proteccion de la vie privée à l’égard des traitements de données à caractère personnel (loi vie privée) if the images are used for press or artistic purposes (Art. 3.a), several articles are not applicable : 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 17.3, 17.9, 17.12, 17.4, 17.8, 18, 21, 22. More than 4.200.000 CCTVs eyes in the UK are steadily streaming 24/7 from public spaces in real time. The average citizen is caught about 300 times a day on a CCTV camera. In the UK, the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) only affects to CCTV which “relates to living individuals who can be identified” from it. So, simply cameras showing and broadcasting crowds of unidentificable individuals in a public space would be not subject to the DPA. In the U.S. the first commercial closed-circuit television system became available in 1949, called Vericon. On March 2012, the traffic authority in Spain (DGT or Dirección General de Tráfico) stopped publicly live streaming its roads CCTV´s in order to meet “privacy requirements”. Since the Nipplegate –Janet Jackson´s breast boost on the Super Bowl-, the only infrastructure that broadcast with less than one second of difference are CCTVs. In Finland, in the Henkilötietolaki (Persona Data Act), according to the Article 2, processing of personal data and drafting of artistic or literary expression, only part of the law is applicable as those particular kind of activity is recognized: Art. 1, 2, 3, 4, 32, 39.3, 40.1, 40.3, 42, 44.2, 45, 46, 47, 48.2, 50 and 51. Singapore airport has the largest CCTV system in the world with 3000 cameras. There are an estimated 32 cameras within 200 yards of the flat where George Orwell lived until his death in 1950.

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