Doktor Jons Guide to the "Use and Application of CCTV"
- The future for CCTV and privacy -
Setting up an independent regulator would provide all system operators access to cutting edge quality advice and guidance, plus with the registration and inspection of any camera system capable of recording Data Subjects the overall level of effectiveness of any given installation, could quickly be raised by a factor of ten ... or more!!
Critics may argue that having a blanket registration requirement for all CCTV systems may smack of Big Brother, particularly if this is instigated by the state; and yet common sense suggests that statutory regulation and compliance will not only improve standards beyond our wildest comprehension, but would also inevitably ensure a greater level of consideration towards meeting the concerns of Civil Libertarians.
Regulation should be about what needs to be done well, as much as addressing those areas which are at present totally unsatisfactory.
What do you think about the issues of CCTV and Civil Liberties?
After all, if a system operator must achieve a specific quality standard for intended purpose, there is less opportunity for them to be ripped off by unscrupulous installers, and far less chance of criminals by-passing a hugely expensive waste of technology, which is most commonly known today as a state of the art CCTV system.
The role of a Public Surveillance Inspectorate would obviously encompass many aspects of CCTV usage, but at its core is the adoption of an annual licensing system, which must ensure the considered and methodical application of appropriate technology, for the benefit of all concerned.
The systems should be correctly configured, operated lawfully, and regularly assessed or inspected to ensure absolute compliance.
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