A data protection code of practice for surveillance cameras
The Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK (ICO) issued its first code of practice under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) covering the use of CCTV in 2000. The code was developed to explain the legal requirements operators of surveillance cameras were required to meet under the Act and promote best practice. The code also addressed the inconsistent standards adopted across different sectors at that time and the growing public concern caused by the increasing use of CCTV and other types of surveillance cameras.
A lot has changed since this time and, while the original code was updated in 2008, further legal, practical and technological developments mean that updated guidance is required.