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Are you Meeting your Compliance Obligations?

GDPR has been in place since 2018 and has affected different parts of your business in the way that you manage and store customer’s data, but have you considered how this will affect your video systems?

All images captured on video are protected under GDPR, this means that cameras can only be used strategically, targeting only potential security or operational risks.

Compliance

There are several things that need to be considered when installing a CCTV system in order to make sure that it is compliant.

  1. What do you have to see?
  2. Why do you need to see it?
  3. What are you going to do with the information that you capture?

You must make sure that the scope of your cameras means that you are not collecting irrelevant data that could be getting you into trouble! All this information should then be stored in your GDPR policy document.

Upon installation, all individuals affected by the CCTV should be informed that it is in operation, the areas that it affects, purpose and length of time that data is stored. The timely and automatic deletion of footage is essential! No images and information should be stored beyond the retention period stated in your GDPR policy document relating to the purpose of the Video system. These images should subsequently be deleted once their purpose has been discharged.

To complicate matters even further, your environment is always changing, which means that you need to carry out a Privacy Impact Assessment regularly to make sure that your CCTV remains compliant. Where your cameras once faced an empty building site, they could now be looking straight into someone’s new build flat. An innocent oversight like this could mean that you could face huge fines and other penalties.

Of course, the easiest way to solve this problem is to leave it to the experts. We offer regular Privacy Impact Assessments to everyone, it doesn’t need to be a system that we installed. One of our experts will assess all cameras and the generate a report with any recommendations needed in order to make sure that everything remains compliant.

If you would like to learn more about our Privacy Impact Assessments then contact us and speak to one of our experienced advisors today