Surveillance Camera Code of Practice – 12 Principles

security cameraDo you use a surveillance camera system within your organisation?  If so, it’s worth noting that the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice must not only comply with the Data Protection Act and its 8 Principles, but also provides its own 12 guiding principles:

  1. Purpose: Use of a surveillance camera system must always be for a specified purpose in pursuit of a legitimate aim, and necessary to meet an identified pressing need
  1. Privacy Impact: Use of a surveillance camera system must take into account its effect on individuals and their privacy, with regular reviews to ensure its use remains justified
  1. Transparency: There must be as much transparency in the use of a surveillance camera system as possible, including a published contact point for access to information and complaints.
  1. Accountability: There must be clear responsibility and accountability for all surveillance camera system activities including images and information collected, held and used.
  1. Policies and procedures: Clear rules, policies and procedures must be in place before a surveillance camera system is used, and these must be communicated to all who need to comply with them
  1. Relevance and Retention: No more images and information should be stored than that which is strictly required for the stated purpose of a surveillance camera system, and such images and information should be deleted once their purposes have been discharged
  1. Access to retained images and information should be restricted. There must be clearly defined rules on who may gain access for what purpose; the disclosure of images and information should only take place where it is necessary for such a purpose or for law enforcement purposes
  1. Standards: Surveillance camera system operators should consider any approved operational, technical and competency standards relevant to a system and its purpose, and work to meet and maintain those standards
  1. Security: Surveillance camera system images and information should be subject to appropriate security measures to safeguard against unauthorised access and use.
  2. Audit: Effective review and audit mechanisms should be in place to ensure legal requirements, policies and standards are complied with in practice.  Regular reports to be published.
  3. Public Safety: When the use of a surveillance camera system is in pursuit of a legitimate aim, and there is a pressing need for its use, it should then be used in the most effective way to support public safety and law enforcement with the aim of processing images and information of evidential value.
  4. Accuracy: Any information used to support a surveillance camera system which compares against a reference database for matching purposes should be accurate and kept up to date.

If you have any concerns about your data compliance in general or your surveillance camera compliance specifically, contact us on 01787 277742.  Or email victoria@datacompliant.co.uk

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