Belgium’s State Security Service will soon have direct access to the images of federal and local police security cameras without having to request prior authorization, Le Tijd daily reported on Friday. A law reinforcing regulations relating to private life for companies and authorities will go into effect on the 25th of May. Another law taking effect on the same day will allow State Security to have direct access to the images of thousands of police security cameras, both “simple” cameras such as the ones installed to guard premises and more sophisticated devices like ANPR cameras, capable of identifying license plates.
State Security will thus no longer need to demand prior authorization to view real-time images or those stored in databases. The use of this possibility will be registered to know who within the State Security Service has consulted the images and when.