European Data Protection Digest

No Enforcement Plan for CCTV Code of Practice

SURVEILLANCE—UK

August 15, 2013

V3.co.uk reports on the Home Office’s CCTV code of practice aimed at curbing “the excessive use of cameras for surveillance by increasing numbers of private- and public-sector organisations.” However, the report notes that the code of practice does not come with an enforcement plan. The code cites CCTV as a vital security tool but says its use must have a “legitimate aim” and be “compliant with any relevant legal obligations.” The code includes “12 points that CCTV operators must follow that cover a range of issues, from use to data retention and the ability to contact the people running the cameras to access information,” the report states.
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