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Using a dashcam may be illegal

Adrian Weckler


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Footage from our dashcams could be violating road users’ privacy rights (stock photo)

Footage from our dashcams could be violating road users’ privacy rights (stock photo)

Footage from our dashcams could be violating road users’ privacy rights (stock photo)

Might dashcams soon become restricted in Ireland? Are angry cyclists who post videos online of errant car behaviour flagrantly disregarding others' rights? On one reading of the current law, the answer to both questions is yes.

Dashcams and bike cameras now record in 4K super-high definition. Passers-by in the published videos are not just vaguely recognisable but can be (and sometimes are) turned into memes and gifs if their clothing, appearance or expression tickles our fancy.

Moreover, the European Court of Justice has signalled (in the Rynes case) that you can't just record a public street - let alone post it online - if you don't let everyone know you're doing so and give them a chance to either review the footage or exercise other controls over their personal images.