Friday, 17 November 2017

Is your CCTV GDPR compliant?



The new  General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)  come into full force in May 2018 and every business will need to be ready.

Here is an overview from the Information Commissioners Office https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/

As providers of CCTV systems,  Merlin would like to draw your attention to the regulations that cover the collection of visual data and remind you of your liability under these regulations and the current Data Protection Act requirements.   

Having a good understanding of these regulations and implementing a GDPR impact assessment will help identify security risks so that these can be addressed.  This will lessen your risk of a breach (and being fined) under GDPR  data protection and privacy requirements.

It is therefore important that you assess your CCTV system now, along with the rest of your company's IT.  Data privacy applies to public and private CCTV so, whether you have a single camera monitoring your home or a larger system monitoring your business, or for any situation, you need to be aware that you could be committing a breach of data protection rules.  

We attach a link to a paper by Andrew Charlesworth - Reader in IT Law, University of Bristol which summarises; the evolution of Data Protection, what the key principles are and how you will be affected under the latest major changes.  


And for guidance, we attach the ICO Data Protection Code of Practice for Surveillance Cameras and Personal Information


The  Merlin Team
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