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CCTV cameras outside homes must be declared
Homeowners with CCTV cameras outside their property have been warned to declare them now - or face a potentially hefty fine from next year.
Belgium updated its law on surveillance technology last year, in response to the growth of security mobile apps and cloud storage.
The transition period for the new rules runs until 25 May 2020, and police are planning to call at homes with cameras over the coming months to remind people ahead of the deadline.
If you have one or several cameras outside, you must declare it online at www.declarationcamera.be and place a warning sign at the entrance of your home.
Cameras must be oriented in such a way as to limit coverage of the public walkway and neighbouring properties. Images must be deleted within a month, unless they are needed for a police investigation.
"Residents should not be surprised to see a policeman ring their door to check if the owner has declared their camera," one local police force in Hainaut province told RTL.
More info on the rules governing CCTV cameras can be found at www.besafe.be