Are you able to view public areas with your CCTV Cameras?

Using recording devices like CCTV or smart doorbells to capture video or sound recordings beyond the user’s property boundary does not violate data protection laws.

Data protection laws specify that individuals who record images or audio from beyond their property boundary with fixed cameras like CCTV cameras or smart doorbells should:

  • Inform individuals about the use of recording equipment.
  • Share portions of the recording when requested by individuals whose images have been recorded in most situations.
  • Routinely delete footage or set up an automatic deletion process.
  • Delete recordings of individuals upon request in most cases.
  • Cease recording a person if they express objections, provided it is feasible. For instance, adjusting the camera’s direction while still fulfilling the purpose, such as ensuring property security.

Enforcing these rules proves challenging because determining if someone complies with a request to delete footage is complex. It would not be fair or reasonable to enter someone’s home to verify their compliance with the law or take enforcement measures.

Recording public areas and adjacent properties with your CCTV system is sometimes unavoidable and essential when installing cameras on your domestic property. However, it’s important to respect the privacy of others and ensure that your camera placement does not infringe on the rights of your neighbours.

To achieve this, you should:
  1. Inform Your Neighbours: Let them know about your CCTV system and its intended coverage. Clear communication can prevent misunderstandings and foster a sense of community trust.

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  1. Position Cameras Thoughtfully: Aim your cameras to cover your own property as much as possible. Avoid pointing them directly at neighbouring homes, gardens, or other private areas.

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  1. Use Privacy Masks: Many modern CCTV systems allow you to set privacy masks that block certain areas from being recorded. Utilize this feature to exclude parts of the image that cover neighbouring properties or public spaces.

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  1. Signage: Clearly display signs indicating that CCTV surveillance is in operation. This not only serves as a deterrent to potential intruders but also informs passers-by that they are being recorded. This is not a mandatory requirement for domestic properties however, there are many benefits to having CCTV Signage installed.

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  1. Review and Delete: Regularly review your recordings and delete footage that is no longer needed. This ensures that you are not holding onto unnecessary data for longer than necessary.

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By following these steps, you can effectively balance the need for security with the rights and privacy of others. Additionally, staying informed about the latest regulations and guidelines will help you remain compliant and responsible in your use of CCTV technology.

What actions can I take if I am worried with someone using home CCTV to record me?

Typically, we recommend initiating a conversation with the individual responsible for the recording.This approach fosters open communication and allows for any misunderstandings to be promptly addressed. It’s important to approach the conversation with a mindset of collaboration rather than confrontation. Begin by expressing your concerns clearly and respectfully, while also being open to hearing their perspective. This can help build mutual trust and lead to a more productive outcome.

Here are some steps to consider:

  1. Contact the person: If you find it difficult to speak in person, consider writing them a letter.
  2. Enquire about the reason behind their CCTV use: Domestic CCTV and smart doorbells are commonly used to enhance security and monitor personal property, providing a sense of safety for the user and their family. Understanding their purpose might alleviate your concerns and lead to a mutual agreement to share the system, benefiting both parties.
  3. Express your worries: Help the CCTV user understand your concerns, potentially prompting them to adjust the camera positions.
  4. Request to view their recordings: Reviewing the footage captured by the camera could reveal that it is not as intrusive as feared, easing your apprehensions.

Someone is using CCTV to record my children, what actions can I take?

First and foremost, it’s important to remain calm and gather as much information as possible.

Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Document the Details: Note the location, dates, and times when the recording is happening. If possible, identify the individual or entity responsible for the CCTV.
  2. Talk to the Responsible Party: If you know who is operating the CCTV, consider discussing your concerns with them directly. They may not be aware that their camera is capturing footage of your children, and a polite conversation might resolve the issue.
  3. Report to Authorities: If you believe the surveillance is illegal or poses a threat to your children’s safety, contact local law enforcement. They can investigate the matter and take necessary actions.
  4. Use Physical Barriers: If feasible, use physical barriers like fences or hedges to block the view of the CCTV cameras from your property.