14 November 2018

It has just become easier for organisations to learn how to comply with the surveillance camera code of practice.

This is because the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC), Tony Porter, has launched a collection of resources to help make sure that surveillance camera systems are properly operated.

The “online toolbox” comprises a buyers’ toolkit, a passport to compliance, a self-assessment tool, and a surveillance camera specific data protection impact assessment (DPIA) template.

Links to all — and to further information — can be found at http://bit.ly/2zU6Kr4.

Developed in conjunction with the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Alastair Thomas of Alasthom.com, the buyers’ toolkit is aimed at small and medium-size firms that are considering installing these security devices.

The guidance it contains will, the SCC believes, help people make informed decisions about whether surveillance can be justified as a solution to their problems.

Large public-space surveillance camera systems, such as town centre schemes operated by local authorities, are considered in the passport to compliance.

The self-assessment tool is intended to help organisations ascertain whether they are complying with the principles in the surveillance camera code of practice. It condenses four previously separate self-assessment tools for automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), closed-circuit television (CCTV), body worn video and drones into one guide.

Finally, the surveillance camera specific DPIA template, with associated guidance notes, has been developed in partnership with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

It replaces the Privacy Impact Assessment advice which was previously available on the SCC website to reflect updated data protection requirements set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Mr Porter said: “These tools will help your organisation comply with the code and its 12 guiding principles which, if followed, will ensure that surveillance camera systems are only operated proportionately, transparently and effectively.”