If you are considering investing in a security camera, whether for a private or commercial property, it is helpful to know the legalities of recording. Here is a guide to what you can and cannot do with a security camera:
A homeowner is perfectly entitled to protect their property and cameras are an effective way of doing this. However, it is important that the use of such cameras is done so with respect and it doesn’t intrude on privacy.
Complaints are increasing from both neighbouring properties and members of the public who feel that they are being spied on and that the cameras are being used to invade their privacy. It is important to use cameras responsibly. Does the angle intrude on your neighbour’s property? If so, consider repositioning or applying privacy filters. For advice on CCTV Installation Gloucestershire, visit APM Fire and Security, a leading provider of CCTV Installation Gloucestershire
When capturing images of anywhere outside of your property, that footage becomes subject to the data protection laws. Check that existing cameras are still needed and that footage captured is reviewed and deleted if no longer required.
It is important to understand that the responsibility for images captured and recordings lies with the homeowner. It is also imperative that footage is only captured from your property and used for the express purpose of protection of said property.
Date and time stamps should always be correct and when storing information, ensure that it is secure with minimum access. Know how your camera works and check that its position is not capturing images from outside your property.