Cork County Council are unable to progress with the CCTV scheme in Mitchelstown because talks are ongoing between the Department of Justice, An Garda Síochána and Local Authorities in an effort to define the role of the Data Protection Officer following the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. 

Cork County Council signed a €28,000 contract with SKS Communications to install a new hi-tech CCTV system around Mitchelstown protecting businesses and homes close to the town centre last October but their delay in acting as data controller is preventing the roll out of the scheme.

At a recent council meeting officials said that defining the role of the Data Protection Officer was a national problem but Cllr June Murphy disagrees and said that out of 31 councils, 27 of them have been able to resolve any problems.

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