Homeshield CCTV installers in Blackpool have placed together the information below. This is home security systems advice from the Government and will help you understand what you need to do if you are considering installing, or have already installed, a home security CCTV system (or similar technology, such as video-equipped doorbell) on your home.
There are many Home CCTV security systems available on the market, designed to protect your home. If you’re thinking of having one installed you need to ensure you do so in a way that respects other people’s privacy. CCTV installers in Blackpool and the North West no matter what company should have a good understanding of the law and home security systems.
The data protection law only applies if your CCTV system captures images outside the boundary of your private domestic property (including your garden).
If your home CCTV system captures images of people outside the boundary of your private domestic property, in neighbours’ homes or gardens for example, shared spaces, or on a public footpath or a street then the GDPR applies to you..
If your home security systems capture images beyond your property boundary, such as your neighbours’ property or public streets and footpaths, then strictly speaking the use of your CCTV system is subject to data protection laws.
This does not mean you are breaking the law by having this however it does mean that as the CCTV user, you are a data controller. So you need to comply with your legal obligations under the data protection laws.
You can still capture images on your home CCTV system however you need to show you are doing it in ways that comply with the data protection laws and uphold the rights of the people whose images you are capturing.
If your home security systems capture images beyond your property boundary, you should have a clear and justifiable reason for doing so. Homeshield CCTV installers Blackpool do have a large understanding of these laws to help protect our customers in Blackpool and the Fylde. We always advise people to make a small note of why these images are important and write this down just in case you are ever questioned by an individual or the ICO.
You should also:
Let people know you are using CCTV by putting up a sign to say that CCTV recording is taking place. This is mainly applicable with corporate CCTV systems.
You should ensure you don’t capture more footage than you need to achieve your purpose in using the system Homeshield will explain and guide you in the during the installation of your CCTV system.
You should ensure the security of the footage you capture – this is taken care of with all the Homeshield DVR recording devises.
You should only keep the footage for as long as you need it – delete it regularly, and when it is no longer needed. Again our DVR system will re write old data on a regular basis so you will never keep data for long periods.
Ensure the CCTV system is only operated in ways you intend and can’t be misused for other reasons. All our systems are set up in this way.
This is something we have never yet come across with any domestic home CCTV system although you should be mindful of the below.
Responding to subject access request (SARs). Individuals have a right to access the personal data you hold about them, including identifiable images. They can ask you verbally or in writing. You must respond within one month and give them a copy of the data. This is nothing to worry about.
Deleting footage of people if they ask you to do so. You should do this within one month. CCTV footage on all our domestic systems is usually deleted automatically within this time period.
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