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Cairo – 28 February 2017: All commercial, industrial and tourism facilities in Cairo Governorate are obliged to install surveillance cameras inside and outside their properties within one month, according to
issued by the governorate on Feb. 22.
The decision applies to all malls, stores, restaurants, businesses and hotels. The facilities will not be able to issue or renew their licenses unless they comply by the new regulations in the given period, the decree stated.
The installed cameras must provide a clear view of the surrounding area, with the capacity to record and save the tapes.
The new regulation also applies to all governmental facilities, hospitals, schools, mosques and churches, which have a deadline of two months to install the cameras on all entrances and exits.
The decision is aimed to ensure the security of these facilities, its workers and visitors, the decree stated.
According to an analysis
by Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm, “the decree did not regulate the power of the authorities to have access to recordings produced by the cameras … However, if such recordings are relevant for any criminal investigation or trial, the processes and approvals set out in the criminal law will apply.”
The municipalities are in charge of inspecting and ensuring the facilities’ compliance to the decree.