The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force
on May 25th 2018 and covers data privacy (including images
and recordings of individuals captured using CCTV systems).
Data must be used and kept only to fulfil its original purpose. For instance,
if the purpose of holding data is to identify individuals engaged in criminal
activity, the footage should be of sufficient quality to do so and be available
to the police should they request to view it.
CCTV recordings must be stored securely and encrypted wherever possible.
Individuals have the right to request a copy of any CCTV footage in which
they are in focus and / or clearly identifiable. If the request is valid and
permissible, the organisation must supply the individual with that footage
within 30 days of the validation. The same is true of other kinds of data
relating to employee monitoring.
GDPR CCTV Safety Signs
As per ICO recommendations you must let people know that they
are in an area where a CCTV system is being operated. The most
effective way of doing this is by using prominently placed signs
at the entrance to the surveillance zone and then reinforcing with
further signs within the area being monitored.
The most effective way toinform of CCTV monitoring is by
using prominently placed signs at the entrance to the property.
Clear and prominent signs are particularly important where the
surveillance systems themselves are very discreet, or in locations
where people might not expect to be under surveillance. As a
general rule, signs should be more prominent and frequent where
it would otherwise be less obvious to people that they are being
monitored by a surveillance system. This may be particularly
important when an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition)
system is used to cover a large area.
1. Be clearly visible and readable;
2.Contain details of the organisation operating the system,
the purpose for using the surveillance system and who
to contact about the scheme (where these things are not
obvious to those being monitored);
3.Include contact details such as website address,
telephone number or email contact;
4,Be an appropriate size depending on context, for example,
whether they are viewed by pedestrians or car drivers.
Our CCTV SIGNAGE GDPR PDF here gives a guide on what you should do to ensure your signage is compliant.
For a free signage catalogue email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01622 962302