N.S. education minister considers province-wide policy for school video surveillance

Nova Scotia's education minister says it may be time for his department to consider looking at a province-wide policy for school video surveillance.

Zach Churchill is reacting to a report by the province's information and privacy commissioner.

Catherine Tully says a lack of basic security measures in the use of three surveillance cameras at a Cape Breton school led to schoolchildren being live streamed on the internet.

Tully says the video system at the Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona was breached when a link to the live feed from one school camera was picked up and distributed by insecam.org, a Russian website that specializes in linking non-secured video surveillance cameras.

Her report also says all school boards in the province have implemented video surveillance without conducting a privacy impact assessment to ensure compliance with the law.

Churchill says he believes a balance should be found for ``appropriate surveillance'' that considers people's privacy.

He says the incident at the Rankin school demonstrates the need for ``more of a provincial scope with this.''