CCTVs in cinema are legal, but…

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PETALING JAYA: If you’re a cinema owner and you’re subjecting your patrons to CCTV monitoring, you must get their consent before publicly displaying the footage.

Otherwise, you would run afoul of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), said lawyer Foong Cheng Leong in a comment on Lotus Five Star’s decision to monitor activities in the viewing hall of its cinema in Kuala Terengganu.

He said the monitoring was legal but the public display of footage required the consent of those affected.

“As long as people who go to the cinema know that they will be recorded and the recording will be publicly displayed, and they show agreement to this condition by buying tickets, then it’s okay,” he told FMT.

He said the PDPA required a privacy notice to be published to tell moviegoers how the CCTV footage would be used.

Lotus Five Star began operating its Kuala Terengganu cinema last Saturday. It is the first cinema to open in Terengganu in 20 years.

“Over the weekend, we had a full house for all the night shows,” a spokesman for the company told FMT.

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