04 Mar 2019
In 2018 the Data Protection Act, which also covers CCTV (as it is considered personal data) become law. This means both homeowners and businesses alike must comply with the latest guidelines set out by the ICO (Information Commissioners Office).
There is substantial reading regarding this topic primarily with the ICO so we have decided to provide just a few key points to simplify things somewhat along with the relevant links for further reading should you so wish.
- If you want CCTV at home unlike a business you do not need to register with the ICO.
- You do not need to display signs if you are not recording past your property boundaries (the laws do not apply to you in this instance at all)
- You do need to display signs if you are recording past your property boundaries and this sign needs to state your reasoniing.
- If you are unable to completely exclude other private properties from view you should use privacy masking to blank out these areas.
- See more here: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/domestic-cctv-systems-guidance-for-people-using-cctv/
- You must tell people they may be recorded. This is usually done by displaying signs, which must be clearly visible and readable
- You must also register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) informing them of why you’re using the CCTV and pay an annual fee (Starting at just £35) - not doing so is actrually a crimanl offence!
- You must control who has access to the recordings
- You must be clear on the purpose of the system for employees also. If it is stated to be purely for security you should not then use it for checking working hours/productivity etc. You must be clear and open.
- You should not spy on staff with hidden cameras unless given very good reason (theft)
Letting people see CCTV recordings
Anyone can ask to see images that you’ve recorded of them although in some cases you can charge an appropriate administration fee: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/right-of-access/
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