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Irish CCTV cameras being streamed on Russian site

There are currently 53 Irish cameras on the website.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE installed security systems in their homes are being warned to have “robust” passwords after revelations that camera feeds were being made publicly available.

The Russian site streams thousands of webcams from around the world, most of which are CCTV. There are currently 53 Irish cameras on the site, but the Data Protection Commissioner says that there is nothing that they can do about it.

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In a statement to TheJournal.ie, they say that those who install the systems should be vigilant.

“As this website is based outside of Ireland, we would have no powers in relation to ordering takedown of such material. The general security advice provided in the UK Information Commissioner blogpost is consistent with our advice generally about using robust passwords and security settings.”

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“If a website based here operated by a legitimate organisation was publishing personal data of individuals gleaned illegally from these types of devices, there would be data protection issues.

“However, there would likely also be a role for other authorities also in relation to the matter, such as relevant police authorities, where it is established that published footage was illegally obtained or where the entity or individual behind the publication is not clear.”

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The website shows live feeds of offices, living rooms, a nursery and numerous farms across Ireland.

Many people use the CCTV cameras as a low-cost security system, but neglect to ensure the security is tight enough.

The idea behind the website is not new, with commands available on search engines that show unsecured CCTV.

Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan

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