CCTV is currently in limited use in some schools and council estates in the borough, and the council says its effectiveness as a deterrent to combat vandalism, drug dealing and other crimes will mean the introduction of more systems.
But Tower Hamlets is concerned that such systems, whether introduced by the council or other public bodies, are introduced in such a way that they are not an intrusion in the private lives of local residents.
The code of practice will set out clearly:
- special requirements for covert cameras
- use of tapes, secure storage and rights of access
- proper monitoring of incidents
Council leader Dennis Twomey said:
'We recognise the value of installing such systems, but we want to reassure the general public that we will be taking strict measures to ensure access to what is recorded is limited.
'Quite simply anyone recorded on tape going about their daily business will have nothing to worry about, unless this involves harassing your neighbours, vandalism or other kinds of unsociable behaviour.'