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Domestics CCTV guidance

Alert message sent 07/03/2019 12:58:00

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Following a number of Police logs related to households which have CCTV systems the following guidance is provided by the Information Commissioners Office and relates to the laws surrounding domestic CCTV usage.


Data protection laws don’t apply if the cameras cover only the user’s own private property, including their garden. Therefore, visitors caught on these cameras don’t have specific data protection rights in relation to the images captured on those cameras.

But what if the cameras capture images of people outside the boundary of the user’s property – for example, in neighbours’ homes or gardens, in shared spaces, or on a public footpath or a street? Then neighbours, passers-by and anyone else caught on camera will have rights under the data protection laws.

Capturing and recording such images is not itself a breach of the data protection laws. But CCTV users must ensure they comply with these laws and respect the data protection rights of people whose images they capture.

This applies to any video surveillance equipment mounted or fixed on a home, and can include cameras fitted into doorbells.

CCTV users’ are allowed, under data protection law to capture images outside of their own property or gardens. To follow the law they have to do a number of things, such as:

Put up signs saying recording is taking place, and why.
Make sure nobody can watch the footage without good reason.
Delete footage regularly, and when it is no longer needed.
They also need to make sure they respect the data protection rights of the people whose images they capture. This includes the following things:
Responding to subject access requests (SARs), if they receive any.
Deleting footage of people if they ask.
Consider any objection from people about capturing their image in the future.

Click the link below for full guidance on domestic CCTV systems and their use.

Thank you

Cleethorpes North Local Policing Team
Humberside Police

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