Nijmegen bars, clubs caught filming customers on the toilet: report
At least five bars and clubs in Nijmegen film visitors on the toilet. In one disco the camera is positioned so that the genitals of peeing men can be seen, De Gelderlander reports after visiting 20 well-known nightlife venues in the city.
Some of the cameras have been hanging in the bars and clubs' bathrooms for years, according to the newspaper. In three of the businesses, the camera films the urinals. At a disco in Molenstraat, there is a camera behind the urinals in the men's bathroom. The footage from this camera can be seen on screens at the entrance of the disco, De Gelderlander writes. An employee told the newspaper that the footage is only for the guard and not intended to be visible to other visitors.
The rules of the Dutch Data Protection Authority state that cameras in bathrooms or dressing rooms are a "too great violation of the privacy of those involved". Such cameras are therefore not permitted.
"We simply do not do his in the Netherlands", privacy expert and professor of information law Nico van Eijk said to broadcaster NOS. "only in very special circumstances, if all other means have failed, then it can be considered. That is temporary at most. But it is actually very simple: people are entitled to their privacy. In particular in the toilet."