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University of Iceland Fined Over Surveillance Practices

The Icelandic Data Protection Authority fined the University of Iceland ISK 1.5 million ($11,000/€10,000) for failing to comply with legal requirements on electronic monitoring and personal information processing.

Absence of visible markers

As noted in a press release from September 6, the Icelandic Data Protection Authority has imposed a fine of ISK 1.5 million [$11,000/€10,000] on the University of Iceland following a complaint regarding the institution’s electronic monitoring practices.

According to the Authority’s ruling, released today, the issue centred on surveillance cameras positioned both inside and outside university buildings. The complaint highlighted the absence of visible markers indicating surveillance and a lack of information concerning the monitoring’s purpose, nature, scope, and placement.

The Authority concluded that the University of Iceland failed to adhere to legal requirements pertaining to personal protection and the processing of personal information. Consequently, the Authority levied an administrative fine of ISK 1.5 million [$11,000/€10,000] and recommended that the university promptly update and install signage to clarify its electronic monitoring practices, in accordance with the law and regulations.

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