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CCTV – is your organisation complying with the Data Protection Act?

The CCTV code of practice has been revised due to advances in the way CCTV is used, the technology employed and the wider legal environment in which it operates. Organisations and property owners need to ensure they are following the revised code.

The CCTV code of practice has been revised due to advances in the way CCTV is used, the technology employed and the wider legal environment in which it operates.

Organisations and property owners need to ensure they are following the revised code so that:

  • those capturing images of individuals comply with the DPA
  • the images captured are useable
  • those whose images are being captured that they are being done so in a responsible manner

Establishing effective administration of the personal information is imperative in complying with the DPA. For example:

  1. Who has responsibility for the control of the images?  If more than one person is involved have the responsibilities been agreed?
  2. Has the individual(s) responsible notified the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that they are the data controller?
  3. If a supplier provides you with any processing services e.g. editing the images – is a written contract in place with clearly defined responsibilities?
  4. Are the specific purposes of the use of images defined clearly and communicated to those bodies operating the system?
  5. Are there clearly documented procedures for how the images should be handled in practice?
  6. Are proactive audits in place to check on a regular basis that procedures are being complied with?
  7. Are you regularly reviewing the justification of the use of CCTV ?

Ark specialises in inspection audits and setting up systems for managing and controlling CCTV - please contact us if you would like advice and/or help in implementiation of the above Charles Damarell, Commercial Director T: 020 7397 1450 or E: enquiries@arkworkplacerisk.co.uk

 

 

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