Following our last post about commercial CCTV systems preventing crime in Essex, we've put together this guide to help business owners understand:
Installing CCTV around your premises is a different ball game to home surveillance cameras! To avoid frustration and legal issues, absorb the following info...
Is your business in the clear?
CCTV footage of staff and visitors is considered 'personal data' that your business is expected to protect.
In a nutshell, your business is required to:
The public have the right to see CCTV footage of themselves which they can request from your business. Your organisation is required to provide the footage within 30 calendar days - this is called a Subject Access Request.
You're NOT allowed to:
If your CCTV footage is being used in a criminal investigation, it will be handled and distributed by the Police.
Just like the findings from your Fire Risk Assessment, it is critical that members of staff who are involved with the CCTV system know:
Commercial CCTV Law is compiled of 3 legal documents:
A violation of any of these can lead to criminal charges.
In addition, the law requires any business operating CCTV to be registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £500,000. With the new GDPR regulations now in effect, owners should be aware that personal data demands tight security procedures and transparency. Failure to adhere to regulations can prove very costly!
Before you slump, with your head in your hands in despair, be reassured that Blake's are here to help.
We understand that CCTV systems are intimidating and confusing without the added legislation stress.
So... our CCTV experts put together a quick and free downloadable guide for you outlining:
Click the image below and download your copy in under 2 minutes!