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A German Data Protection regulator, DSK, has issued guidance on video surveillance by non-public bodies under the GDPR.

The guidance says that before a camera is activated:

  • each purpose must be clear in order to determine what the video surveillance processing should achieve; and
  • the purposes are required to be documented in writing for each individual camera; and
  • signage must be visible before people enter the area which is being monitored.

In addition, the Guidance notes that people can be informed in two steps:

  1. With an information sign, which should be present at eye level and from which one can obtain a quick, perceptible overview of the most important information; and
  2. With a complete information sheet, which must be displayed or posted in a suitable place and could also be posted on a website.

Insight

This guidance does not apply in the UK, but are based on the GDPR which of course does apply. Many organisations use CCTV without fully appreciating the ‘rules’ that apply to its use. Failure to follow the rules is likely to result in any evidence obtained being inadmissible for use.

The ICO has published some guidance about CCTV which compliments the above guidance.

If your organisation requires help with the GDPR or would like further advice about video surveillance then our DPaaS offerings could be for you.

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