A CORK branch of McDonald's has removed a CCTV camera from over a toilet cubicle after a complaint was made to the Data Protection Commission.
The camera was located above the door of the cubicle in the male toilets in the McDonald's branch in Douglas.
Following the complaint, and communication with the office of the Data Protection Commission, the camera was turned off from June 24.
The complaint was made last November by a Cork man who was concerned about the location of the cameras.
In correspondence seen by, the office of the Data Protection Commission wrote to the complainant: "With regard to CCTV, this office advises all data controllers such as McDonald’s that in implementing the use of a CCTV system, a balance must be struck between the legitimate privacy considerations of the individual (both staff and customers) and the legitimate interests of an organisation to protect its interests.
"The use of CCTV must be justified as a necessary and proportionate measure to achieve a defined purpose or purposes. Any use of CCTV - particularly in areas such as toilets - needs to satisfy a test of proportionality if it is to be considered as meeting the requirements of data protection legislation."
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “The installation of security equipment was to deter acts of vandalism and other anti-social behaviour within the restaurant toilets.
"Signage was displayed to alert customers to the presence of the cameras. A decision was taken to remove the equipment from McDonald’s Douglas restaurant in June 2020.”