Who can view CCTV footage?

CCTV has quickly become an important security measure for both homeowners and business owners around the country. Whether you’re using CCTV cameras to safeguard your property, your workplace, or even to protect your family and employees from the threat of crime, it’s important to strictly follow the rules and regulations.

Currant Live are CCTV & Alarm specialists In Coventry and the across the Midlands. With regard to CCTV usage or you could infringe on the privacy laws that protect the individual if you are not careful. Here are some guidelines that will help domestic or business CCTV stay within the rules and regulations of the UK government.

For example, once your CCTV system only covers your private property such as your front yard or garden, anyone caught on camera has no specific right to these images. If the image captured on your camera shows people outside the boundaries of what it considered your private property, for example, the street or your neighbor’s home or garden anyone caught on camera will have specific rights under the UK’s data protection laws.

With a business, if you wish to install CCTV cameras on your property, it’s important to ensure you adhere to date protection laws and UK privacy laws.

Business owners will need to register as data controllers and clearly describe the purpose of their CCTV systems otherwise I need footage was taken that cannot legally be used. Employees and members of the public must be informed that CCTV has been installed and they are being recorded. Clear signage should be placed throughout the workplace anywhere were cameras and operation.

Areas of the workplace where employees have a clear expectation of privacy such as changing rooms and toilets cannot be monitored by CCTV. Any imagery captured by your CCTV system is subject to a public request. Your camera has recorded footage of someone and they request access to it you are legally obliged to provide it within one month. It’s also your responsibility to designate a specific person to be responsible for the review procedures and storage of any CCTV footage.

Can you ask to see security footage?

As long as the CCTV security footage was taken in a public place, you can request footage that has been recorded of you. This has to be provided within one calendar month and they should do this free of charge.

These 30 days are important as its standard policy within most companies to only store footage for this length of time. It’s important to remember that the CCTV footage may not be shared with you under some circumstances.

In this case cannot edit out others in the footage to protect their identity. They may invite you to private viewing of the footage and if you agreed to this arrangement, they can provide you with an opportunity to do so. Under certain circumstances, your request for CCTV footage to be shared may be refused, especially if it’s subject to an ongoing criminal investigation.

In the event that you have been filmed on a private or domestic CCTV system and you believe it to be outside the boundaries of their private property. You are given a number of rights under Data Protection Laws.

For example, if a CCTV user has the knowledge that they are recording outside the boundaries of their private property they need to tell the public that a home CCTV system is in use, signage is the most acceptable manner to do this and it should be legible and visible.

Should you request a copy of this information, you can lodge what’s known as a subject access request. This can be given either in writing or verbally and any image where you are identifiable needs to be provided to you within 30 days.

However, most times domestic CCTV systems have limited storage capacity and because of this may delete every 24 to 48 hours. This does not prevent you from having the right to request easy footage holding your imagery or any personal data belonging to you be erased. You can also in some circumstances request they refrain from capturing your imagery in the future, but to domestic CCTV systems, such requests are difficult to enforce.

Are you allowed to share CCTV footage?

It is perfectly legal to install CCTV cameras on the outside of your house as long as they are operated in a manner that helps protect the privacy of your neighbours and others. the information commissioner’s office and the police force regularly deal with disputes between neighbours with regard to the installation of CCTV systems many of whom believe that these cameras are being used to intrude on a privacy

Can a member of the public ask to see CCTV?

Under certain circumstances members of the public may request any CCTV footage you have that contains images on them. These requests need to be made directly to the owner of the CCTV system in question they either verbally or in writing. In the vast majority of cases, a sign attached to the camera should detail the information about its owner if the ownership is not obvious. Once this request has been lodged under the Data Protection Law, you must supply this footage within 30 days.

How Do I Comply with the DPA? (Data Protection Act)

They may require you to do:

  • All imagery or data that you collect must remain within the boundaries of the law and always be used fairly.

  • Before you can legally collect imagery or data, you need to be registered with the UK's information commissioner.

  • Any imagery collected most of a specific purpose.

  • You're not allowed to store data for any longer and then you need it.

  • You are legally obliged to comply with any lawful request made under the data protection act.



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