Doktor Jons Guide to the "Use and Application of CCTV"
- Civil Liberties and the DPA -
So what would be the easiest way to bypass this situation?
So quite obviously, if a Data Subject is caught on a Town Centre camera, and subsequently requests access to their video recordings, there is absolutely no mechanism to prevent the system operator from deleting the material, or if they are so inclined, to simply say that the records have been deleted.
A classic example of the use of video surveillance technology (or should that be the misuse) is the CCTV system that is employed to enforce the traffic Congestion Charge Scheme in Central London. With currently around 700 cameras in place, of which over a third are high resolution colour (mostly Pan, Tilt and Zoom - PTZ), the images from these cameras are only stored if they identify a vehicle which has failed to pay the appropriate fee.
At midnight, all the other vehicle recordings are dumped, so in the event that a vehicle borne terrorist attack takes place within Central London, its quite likely that the suspect or suspect vehicle will either a) not be recorded, or more likely b) will be recorded, but then the images will be erased at the end of the day.
The Data Protection Act is in fact a classic example of ill considered legislation, which in the context of regulating video surveillance, as well as being almost impossible to enforce, does provide absolutely ridiculous opportunities for criminals to evade capture and conviction.
If its only practical purpose is to provide a get out of jail card for the lawless, is this really the kind of considered protection we have a right to expect from our elected government?
STOP PRESS:- During 2007, with the extension of the London Congestion Charge scheme, the number of cameras used has been hugely increased, and the retention of recordings has been significantly extended to all vehicles, as part of the capitols response to the threat of terrorism.
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