Personal data is a hot topic because so many intimate details about our lives are stored everywhere online. We have to surrender that much information about ourselves to do almost anything on the internet that it is extremely difficult to keep track of where it all is. Because of this, we need to have faith in those capturing our data that they will treat it with respect and integrity. Did you know, if you are the one capturing data via security cameras, you need to know the law surrounding home CCTV systems and data protection too? You really need to know whether you need to comply with GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation)…
GDPR is one of the laws in place to protect our personal data and is part of the UK Data Protection Act 2018. All companies must comply with its parameters or face legal action themselves. But it’s not just businesses who must follow these rules, individuals need to as well in certain circumstances.
There is only one answer to this…it depends!
If you are confident that your cameras only record your own land and property then you won’t ever ‘need’ to do anything. Someone might submit a subject access request (which is basically a request for their own data i.e. footage you keep) but you won’t have to surrender it. There might, however, be a valid reason for the request; the police may want to see the movement of a criminal before or after a crime, for example. As such, they may ask to see your recordings and it would of course be the decent thing to do to give it to them. If you were to refuse, they would be able to apply for a warrant to potentially force you to do so, so just bear that in mind. But if it’s just that someone wants to look at your footage for no particular reason, it’s not an obligation to give it to them.
If, on the other hand, you do record public areas such as a pathway or your neighbour’s property, you WILL have to observe certain aspects of GDPR. This is simply because you are obtaining information about members of the public and they have a right to know about it and to govern what happens with their data.
So if you do record areas beyond your own boundaries, we’ve established you must observe GDPR regulations. But what does that mean? Well, you will need to:
Then you will also need to ensure:
The simplest way to avoid having to worry about home CCTV systems and data protection is to ensure your wireless outdoor security cameras don’t point anywhere beyond your own land and boundaries. Keep them off neighbouring property and public spaces and you’ll never need to worry about requests for data that you need to surrender to members of the public.
Added by Time2 News on 5th Sep 2020 in Security Cameras