The British motoring association, AA has warned that new rules may be needed to control the use of video footage taken by dash cameras.
Motorists who persistently share dash camera footage could be accused of voyeurism, according to the motoring organisation. The AA released a statement saying that too many drivers are posting videos online without considering the impact on the motorists being shown, they also said that in many of the cases, the drivers are pilloried for actions that are not their fault.
Up to 15% of British motorists now use dash cameras, according to a recent poll carried out by the AA, with 1 in 100 saying they plan to share their footage on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The president of the AA, Edmund King told British newspaper, The Times: While most drivers with dashcams fit them to protect themselves from ‘crash for cash’ fraudsters or dangerous drivers, there is an element of vehicular voyeurism from some individuals.”
Many Positives Uses of Dash Camera Footage
The AA said it was not in favour of banning dash cameras, as there are many positive uses and results from dashcam footage, but the motoring organisation did say that the next government should consider tighter rules, similar to the ones used in other European countries:
- Italy – number plates must be blurred in footage and remain private
- Germany and Austria – their use is highly discouraged unless absolutely necessary (such as working in the haulage industry)
- Portugal and Belgium – must have permission from others involved to share the video online
Having said that the AA did say that sharing footage of bad driving can have its advances. Such publicity can send a warning to irresponsible drivers, it said. The AA recommend that instead of posting dash camera footage online that it should be sent to the police, who can investigate any incident fairly.
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