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CCTV for Businesses: The Law

Many businesses believe that CCTV is a necessary security precaution but with it comes responsibility. When you are recording the activities of individuals you have certain legal obligations you need to meet. You must:

⇒ Clearly display a sign that informs people that they are being recorded by CCTV

⇒ Be able to provide footage to anyone who has been recorded within 40 days (though you can charge up to £10 for this)

⇒ Be prepared to share your footage with the authorities, eg police, if they require it

⇒ Retain your images only as long as the business legitimately requires them

⇒ Ensure that you comply with the Data Protection Act (the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a guide on this)

Failure to comply with the above not only means that you are breaking the law but could invalidate your footage if, for example, you were to reply on it in court or for an insurance claim.

We can advise you on how best to set up your CCTV system so that it not only meets your legal obligation but is fit for purpose as well. Call us on 01924 371941 or get in touch via our contact page.