The Home Office has launched the code of practice following concerns that there is the potential for abuse or misuse of surveillance cameras installed in public places by the state.
(PRWEB UK) 16 August 2013
According to the BBC in the article ‘Surveillance Camera Code of Practice Comes into Force’ published on August 12, the Home Office has launched the code of practice following concerns that there is the potential for abuse or misuse of surveillance cameras installed in public places by the state.
According to the BBC, the code controls the retention and access to data from the CCTV and states that CCTV cameras should be used “in pursuit of a legitimate aim” and only when it “meets a pressing need.” With the code applying to all CCTV including automatic number plate recognition systems, private operators of CCTV, as well as public bodies, have been urged to adhere to the code.
The BBC states that the code outlines that:
“Where used appropriately, these systems are valuable tools which contribute to public safety and security and in protecting both people and property. The purpose of the code will be to ensure that individuals and wider communities have confidence that surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them, rather than spy on them.”
AlertSystems have responded to the news and comments:
“CCTV systems are a valuable tool in the prevention of crime and helping to identify those responsible if a crime does occur. However it is important that those using CCTV do so responsibly. A code of practice helps businesses to ensure that, whilst they are helping to protect their business, they are using the systems responsibly. It also offers reassurance to the public that a business’ CCTV is being used for the correct reasons.”
AlertSystems manage and maintain over 5000 security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems. AlertSystems offers effective and reliable solutions to security problems.