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Doktor Jons Guide to The Use and Application of CCTV & IP Video - a unique resource providing information and advice on  the modern use of CCTV video surveillance
Doktor Jons Guide to The Use and Application of CCTV & IP Video - a unique resource providing information and advice on  the modern use of CCTV video surveillance

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Having looked at the overall technical requirements for evaluating CCTV cameras, Monitoring & Display devices, Transmission Systems and Recording equipment, we now have to consider a bit about Legal Compliance ...

If a system is assessed and found to be technically stable, it doesn't necessarily follow that any recordings can automatically be assumed to be sound and usable in legal proceedings. 

Legal Requirements that concern the use of CCTV

Whilst the UK is generally somewhat lacking in terms of useful legal control of most aspects of CCTV usage, there are a number of statutes that must be considered to ensure that recordings are at least in theory, admissible in court.

The first step is to consider where the CCTV / IP Video system has been installed, for example is it in ...

... a residential location?
... or a commercial location? 
or a public space or private premises open to the public?

There are various legal implications for each situation which are further addressed in more detail on the TRUSTED assessment checklists.

The main laws to be considered here in the UK are:-

RESIDENTIAL USE

The Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order (Planning Legislation)
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997,

PLEASE Note:- The Data Protection Act, Human Rights Act and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) do not apply to privately operated residential CCTV systems - in situations where a 'domestic' CCTV camera is used inappropriately or intrusively against a neighbouring property / owner, the Protection from Harassment Act may well provide some recourse.

COMMERCIAL USE

The Data Protection Act [DPA],
The Human Rights Act [HRA],
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act [RIPA 2000] (only applicable in certain situations)
The Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order (Planning Legislation)
The Security Industry Act [SIA] (only applicable in certain situations)

OPEN SPACE USE (PSS)

The Data Protection Act [DPA],
The Human Rights Act [HRA],
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act [RIPA 2000] (only applicable in certain situations)
The Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order (Planning Legislation)
The Security Industry Act [SIA] (only applicable in certain situations)
Other legislation specifically relating to the police use of evidence may well apply in some situations.

The "TRUSTED" Basic CCTV assessment forms and checklists >>

 

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