Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act (1998) ensures that all personal data is used in a professional and responsible manner; this relates to CCTV because images of people are classed as ‘data’.
Information about people which is taken from images, such as vehicle registration numbers is also classed as data. Because of this, the Act is applicable to CCTV systems and covers most uses of CCTV by organisations regardless of the number of cameras. Exemptions to the Act are; household/private systems, images captured for recreational images and dummy or non-operational cameras.
To see the Data Protection Act 1998 in full, please click here.
The CCTV Code of Practice
This code recommends how to meet the legal requirements of the DPA:
To see the code of practice in full click here.
Notifying the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
A statutory requirement for every organisation that processes personal information is that they notify the ICO, unless they are exempt. Failure to notify is a criminal offence.
For a form & current information on fees, please click here.
How to Legally Produce CCTV Images for Evidence
Please note: this information is given as a guide only and is NOT intended to provide legal advice. This should be sought as appropriate in relation to a specific matter.
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