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NEW CCTV CODE OF PRACTICE

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Acknowledging that many users of CCTV (closed circuit television) and ...
Acknowledging that many users of CCTV (closed circuit television) and

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

them to meet their legal obligations.

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.'

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