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Setting Up Surveillance – Advice And Laws

Adrian Mudd   April 2, 2008

The UK might have the greatest penetration when it comes to video surveillance, but is it all legal?

It is well-known that the UK is one of the most watched countries in the world. A recent report from the BBC suggested that the UK had just 1% of the world’s population, but 20% of its spy cameras – and these are cameras, just like CCTV systems, that are visible to all, not spy equipment that may be used by government or private agencies.

It’s understandable that homeowners, businesses and governments want to protect their staff, their customers and their premises, but all gadgets must be installed and used in accordance with the strict guidelines set out by the Information Commissioner.

Are Spy Cameras Illegal?

The Data Protection Act exists to protect our privacy. In the case of cameras, the Act states that cameras must be visible and that there must be clear signs warning people that they are being recorded. Most of us are familiar with these signs and cameras in public places such as shopping centres or car parks.

In addition, the Data Protection Act states that third parties may not be allowed to view the images recorded with the cameras. The best way to ensure that this privacy is maintained is to ensure that any recordings are securely stored so that no-one can have unauthorised access to them. It’s in these areas that some believe many CCTV operators are falling below standard. This means that in many areas, CCTV cameras could be operating illegally.

Learn more about spy laws in the UK.

Setting Up Your Devices

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UK businesses and homeowners are unlikely to stop installing CCTV and video surveillance devices for their protection, but they must make sure that they are setting up their system within the confines of the law. By all means mount a camera on your home if you have been repeatedly burgled, or you are suffering from harassment, but you must make sure that your camera is visible, and you should put up a sign warning people that you are filming.

If you are making or saving copies of your filming, they must be held in a secure location where there’s no danger of anyone else finding them and viewing them. By following these steps you will be able to monitor what happens at your home without falling foul of the law.

Take a look at our outdoor cameras today and in particular the Day/Night WiFi CCTV Camera, if you require extra security around your property or workplace. Alternatively, open up a conversation with our team if you require further guidance and assistance on the best CCTV camera solution for you. Contact us today.

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