CCTV code of practice and the Data Protection Act

It is a criminal offence to have an unregistered CCTV system that records people in a public or a private place (although some conditons may apply).  This page outlines the requirements of the Data Protection Act and links you to the full code of practice.

The law regarding CCTV and video surveillance

A CCTV system must be registered in order to comply with the Data Protection Act of 1998.

Since 24 October 2001, it has been a criminal offence to have an unregistered CCTV system that records people in a public or a private place (conditions apply).

The Code of Practice contains legally enforceable standards that must be met to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

There are also a further 30 points of good working practice which, when used in conjunction with the standards, are designed to build and maintain public confidence in CCTV systems and to ensure that installers and users operate within the law.

Download the Information Commissioner’s Office Data Protection CCTV Code of Practice (2008 Revised Edition).

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