Munich (dpa/lby) - In a legal dispute over video surveillance in a fitness studio in the Upper Palatinate, which has been going on since 2018, the next round of negotiations is now pending: The Bavarian Administrative Court is dealing with the case today. The administrative court in Ansbach had allowed the appeal - "due to the fundamental importance of the case" because the question of the admissibility of video surveillance in fitness studios had not yet been clarified in the case law.
The plaintiff, who runs a fitness studio in the Upper Palatinate, is opposed to the prohibition of video surveillance of the training areas issued by the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision. The administrative court in Ansbach had considered this prohibition to be lawful in the first instance because the data had been processed without a legal basis and there was a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
In January 2018, a customer of the fitness studio contacted the data protection supervisory authority and described the camera surveillance. This resulted in an ongoing legal battle. From the plaintiff's point of view, the surveillance is intended to prevent, among other things, theft, vandalism and sexual harassment. Replacing the cameras with more staff would not be financially affordable, she argued, among other things.