similar systems will need to comply with the provisions of the 1998
Data Protection Act, the data protection commissioner has issued a
draft code of practice on CCTV to offer practical advice in helping
The paper which is currently out to consultation is aimed at users of
CCTV who monitor, and record images from those areas to which the
public have largely unrestricted access such as town and city centres
and street, and the public parts of shops and shopping centres. It is
intended that the code should apply to schemes which are used for the
general purpose of crime prevention and detection, and public safety.
Elizabeth France, data protection commissioner said:
'Recent research undertaken by my office has shown data controllers
want more practical guidance. I am pleased that my increased powers
as data protection commissioner now allow me to issue and encourage
Codes of Practice.'