CCTV cameras being used in school changing rooms and toilets

The Guardian | September 11, 2012

By Ben Quinn

More than 200 schools across Britain are using CCTV cameras in pupils’ toilets or changing rooms, according to figures obtained by anti-surveillance campaigners, who warned that the research raised serious questions about the privacy of schoolchildren.

A total of 825 cameras were located in the toilets or changing rooms of 207 schools across England, Scotland and Wales, according to data provided by more than 2,000 schools.

The figures are based on freedom of information requests lodged by the campaign group Big Brother Watch. Its director, Nick Pickles, said the full extent of school surveillance was far higher than the group had expected, adding: “Schools need to come clean about why they are using these cameras and what is happening to the footage.

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