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CCTVs installed at leisure venues for public safety

In response to enquiries about the installation of closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) at the leisure venues managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), a spokesman for the department issued the following statement today (April 19):

"Arrangements are made by LCSD when the situation warrants to install CCTVs at public passageways and where people usually gather at our leisure venues. The objective is to facilitate venue management, such as to prevent and keep track of illegal activities like gambling and hawking and to assist staff in crowd management during large-scale events held at venues.

The arrangement does not involve any act of collecting personal data and the question of contravening the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance does not arise.

CCTV was first installed in 1985 at Fung Tak Park in Wong Tai Sin. As at January 1 this year, CCTVs have been installed in 92 leisure venues. Notices informing the public of the installation arrangement have been put up at prominent locations at the venues.

Large-scale improvement to Victoria Park, including the installation of eleven CCTVs, commenced in 2000. The eleven CCTVs in Victoria Park are located at the main passageways and entrances of the park. The whole improvement project was completed in early 2003. Notices are on display at the park to notify the public of the arrangement.

Ends/Monday, April 19, 2004
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