UK Surveillance Camera Code of Practice Examined

By Charles Rollet, Published Aug 10, 2021, 07:51am EDT

Most countries have no governmental codes for video surveillance. However, the UK has had one for almost a decade and it is about to be revised.

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Inside this note, we explain what the Code of Practice is, how it works, how it impacts manufacturers and products, who it does and does not apply to and how it contrasts to the EU and USA.

Code ********

*****-**** ************ ****** **** of *********** ******* ** **** 2013, ******** ** *** 2012 ********** ** ******** Act.

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Purpose: "******* *** *******, ****** **** ***"

*** ****'* **** ** to ****** *** ****** that "************ ******* *** deployed ** ******* *** support ****, ****** **** spy ** ****":

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*** **** ********** *** importance ** ****** ************ in ****** ****** ****** a "********** ***" ***** "meets * ******** ****".

Who ** *******: ****** *** ***** *********** ******* ****** ******

*** **** **** *** directly ****** *************/********* ** video ************ ****. *******, it ******* ** ***** police ****** *** *********** in ******* *** ***** (not *** ******* **********) who *** ******* "****** places" *.*. "*** ******* and *** ***** ** which ** *** ******** time *** ****** ** any ******* ** *** public *** ******".

********** *** ************ ****** Commissioner ****** ******* **** IPVM ** ******** *** Code's ************* ****** ** expanded ** *** "******* government ******", *** **** local ***********:

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**** **** **** ******* at *** ****** ** police ****** *** ***** authorities *** *****’* ***** to ******* ********** ******. One ** *** ****** people **** *** **, as * *** ** encourage ********** *********, ** it’s ** ****** ** adoption **** *** *****’* the ********** ******* **? To **there's ****** ** ************ *********** *** *** **** **** ** ** ******* ** * *****-********** *****. [emphasis added]

*2 **** ******* **********

** ** ********* ******, the **** ** *** Code ** *** ** "guiding **********" **** "****** operators ****** *****". ***** the **** *** ** punishments ** *********** **********, system ********* **** "* duty ** **** ****** to *** ******** ** this ****":

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Principle *: ****** **** * "********* *******"

****** ******* "**** ****** be *** * ********* purpose" ** ******* "** a ********** ***" **** as "******** ********, ****** safety, *** ******** ****-***** of *** *******, *** prevention ** ******** ** crime," ***:

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******* "****** *** ** used" *** "***** ********":

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Principle *: **** "**** **** *******" *******

******* **** "**** **** account" ******* ** *******, for ******* ********* ******* in ******* ** ******** rooms "****** **** ** done ** ******* * particularly ******* *******":

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******* **** ****** ***** "require * ****** *************" as **** ***** ****** recognition "****** ****** ******* human ************" ****** ********* and ******* ****** *********** are ***********.

Principle *: *********** **********

****** ** ****** ****** "should ******** ** **** aware" ** **** *** being ********** ** ********** "who ** ***********" *** filming *** *** "*******":

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********* **** ********* **** "as **** ************" "** possible", ********* ************ *********** processes **** ** ********* complaints ** ****** ***/** the ***.

Principle *: "***** ************** *** **************"

***** **** "*****, ******** and **********" **** "************** and **************" **** ** established; ****** * "********** individual" ** ****** ** this ** "**** ********":

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Principle *: "***** *****, ******** *** **********"

"***** *****, ******** *** procedures **** ** ** place" *** ****** ******* and ******* "************ ** all ***** *** **** to ******". ***** ********* images **** "****** *** reliability ** *****" *** encourage ********* ** "************ standards".

Principle *: **** ******* "** ****** **** *********"

******/**** *** **** ** stored "******** ******** *** the ****** *******" **** a ************* ******* ****:

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***** **** "****** *** be **** *** ****** than *********", ***** ** no *** "******* ** minimum" ******* *******.

Principle *: **** ****** "****** ** **********"

****** ** ****** ******/**** "should ** **********" **** "clearly *******" ***** ** "who *** **** ******" and *** **** *******; disclosure ****** **** "**** take ***** **** ** is *********":

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********* ****** **** **** "clear ******* *** ********** in *****" ** **** with *** *********** ******** from *** ****** ********* "whether ****** ** *********** need ** ** ********" for ******* ********.

Principle *: ******** ******** *********

********* "****** ********" ********* with "********" ********* *** operational *********. *** ********************* * **** **** of *********** ********* ** 2015.

Principle *: ********* "*********** ******** ********"

"*********** ******** ********" ****** be ********** ** ********* against "************ ******" *** use. **** ******** ******* "technical, ************** *** ******** security"; *** **** **** not ******* **** ******** security **********.

Principle **: ********* "********* ****** *** ***** **********"

"********* ****** *** ***** mechanisms" ** ****** ******* should ** *** ** place *** ********* "** least ********" ** ****** they **** "*********, ************* and *********":

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***** ******* ****** ******** "alternative ************* **** **** risk ** ******** ********** privacy". * ******* ** each ****** ****** ** "available ********".

Principle **: ****** ****** ** ******* ** ****** ****** "** ********** *****"

******* ****** "** **** in *** **** ********* way ** ******* ****** safety *** *** ***********", chiefly ** ***** ******* of ********** ****** "**** is ** ********** ***** tothe ******** ******* ******":

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**** ****** **** ** kept ** ***** **** are "************* *** *** be ******* ********".

Principle **: ******** ********* "******** *** ** ** ****"

********* **** *** ******** purposes "****** ** ******** *** kept ** ** ****"; license ***** *********** *** facial *********** ********* ****** not ** ******* "******* regular ********** ** ****** the ********** **** ** fit *** *******":

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******** **** ****** *** be **** "*** ****** than ********* ** *******" the ******** *******.

************ ***********, ******** ****

*** ************ ****** ************ has********* *** *** ********************** *** ***** ******:

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*** ************ *** ************* * **** ** questions********* *** *** ********** for **** ******* ********* and* **** ** ** separate **** *******.

Creates ************ ****** ************

*** ***** ***** **** of *** **** ** its ******** ** *** Surveillance ****** ************, *** has ***** *********: *********** Code **********, ********* *** Code's *********, *** ********* advice ***** *** **** including ******* *** **********:

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*** ************ "*** ** enforcement ** ********** ******" but ** ****** **** considering *** **** ** ensure ******** **********, *** encouraging ********* ********** **** sectors ******* ***** ***********:

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** ***** ** ** so, *** ************ "***** advice" ** ****** ********* and *** ****** ***** "effective, ***********, ************* *** transparent ***" ***** ******* "closely **** **********". *** Commissioner **** **** ************* ********* *** **********.

EU **********

** ********* ********* ******** video ************ ******* **** Protection *********** *** ******** privacy ***********; ***** ** no ********** ****** ************. For *******, ******'* *** (the ****) *** *** own***** ************ ******** ** *********'* ****, *******, ******* *** a ****** ************.

*** ** ** ******* to *** ****, ***** ******** impacts- *** **** *** explicitly ******* - ***** surveillance. *** **** **** effectively ******* ** *** UK **** ***** ****** is ******** ******* *** UK "******* ** *********** the **** **** ** data **********" ***, **** "in ******** ***** **** be ****** ****** ** the **** **** ********** principles, ****** *** *********** found ** *** ****",*** *** ******.

US **********

*** ** *** ** comparable **** ** ************. The ******* ********** *** DHS ***** ******* ** Public ****** (*****) *** ***** ******* more ** ***** ******* and ********** *** **** on ************* *** *** ethical *** ** ***** surveillance. ***** ******* ** not ********* *******, ********* to ******** ************ **** spoke **** **** ****.

** *** ****** **** codes ** ********* *** applied ** ***** ************, they *** ********* **** on * ********** ***** level.

Potential ******** *********

*** ****'* ********** ****** focus *** ****** ** Commissioner ******* *** **** clear *** ****** ** update **,******* * ****** ** "long *******"**** *** *********** ** March:

*** ** ******, *****’*the ****-******* ****** of *** ************ ****** **** of ***************** ** ****. ***************************** *** ****** *** accountable *** ** ****** recognition **********, **’* ***more ********* **** **** ** ******* * **** ****’* *** *** ******* *** ** ******** ** **** ** ** **** **** *** ****-***** ********* ** ************ ****** **********. I’m eager to work with the Home Office to provide a robust regulatory framework which enables the proportionate and accountable use of overt surveillance cameras by relevant authorities. [emphasis added]

** ********* ** *** ******** of ***** ******** ********,****** **** *** "**** is ***** ** ** revised" **** ** "************ opportunity" ** ******* ******** around ***** ****** *** the ***** ** *******-***** camera *******, ***** ********* its *************:

as *** **** ** ** ** ******* and published for public consultation, it seems to me that there ** ** ************ *********** ** ******* the risks and considerations abovein *** ******* ******* ** *** **** and, at the same time, to review the list of relevant authorities who must have regard to it. For any revised list not to include Government departments in the future would surely require a very compelling case.

*** ***** ********* *** this ******* *******, *******, while * *************** ** ****** *** Code ** ****(***** **** ********* ** expand *** *****) *** not *******.

Comments (5)

****** ********* *** *** UK ****** - ***** you *******.

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***** *** ****, **** you're ***** ****!

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******: *** *************** ************* "************* ** ********** ** revisions ** *** ****", with **** ****** ******* on ********* *.

*** ************ *** ******* released ******* ********* ********** which ***** ****** ** updating *** **** "** reflect *** ******* * South ***** ****** ********" on ****** ***********,***** **** ******* ****.

**** ********* ***** ***** Wales ******'* **** ****** recognition (***) ***** ******* due ** *** **** of ***** ********** ** who ***** ** ****** on *** *********, ***** it ***** ** ********, and ******* ** *** analysis ** ********* ****.

*********, *** ************'* *** suggested ********** ******* ******** to ******* "*** ********** of ****** ** * watchlist" *** *** ******** used *** *********** "**** and ***** ** ****** LFR" ***** *********** "******* impact" ** "********* ******":

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******* ********** ****** *********** should ****** *** **** not ******* "************ ****":

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**** ** *** *********** add *** ******** ** human ****** *** ******** security ** ************ ****.

*** ************ ********** ************* "from * **** ***** of ************":

*** ************ *** *** office ***** **** ** encourage ************* ** **** ************ **** * **** ***** ** ************ and would be very happy to discuss this with you over the course of the consultation period [emphasis added]

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******: ** ******* ****** groups *** *** ****** UK ************ ****** ************ Tony ****** **** ********** the **** ********* ** not ***** *** ******, with ****** **** ****** they *** "**** *****",*** *** *******.

******, *** ********* ***-**** *** ********** *** ******* ****, said *** *** ***** areIPVM Image***'* ******** ****** ********:

[**'* ****] **** *****. I ***'* ***** ** provides **** ******** ** law ***********, * ***'* really ** ******** * great **** ** ******** to *** ****** ** to *** *** ********** will ** ********

******* ****** ***** ******* told *** *** *** guidelines "**** ** ******** account" *** *** *****'* findings, ******* ****** **** rec ***** "**** ****** spaces **** ****-*** *******":

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*** **** ***** *** case *** *** ***** to ***** **** **** technology ******** *** ****** and ********* *** *******, these ********** **** ** properly ******* *** ****** the *****'* ******** ** the ******* ******* ** this ********* ************ ****.

****** *********** **** *** make ** *****, ** will **** ****** ****** into ****-*** ******* *** entrench ******** ** ************** that ******* ******* ****** communities

*********** *******"**** ****** =#************".

** ********, *** **** Office (***** ******** ** law ***********) **** ** is ***** "********* **********" on *** **** *** provide *** ******** ** police *** ***:IPVM Image

*** ********** ** ********* to ********** *** ****** to *** *** ********** to **** *** ****** safe, ****** *********** ****** trust, *** ** *** currently ********** ** *** Surveillance ****** ****.

** ********, ******* ** Policing **** ********* ** new ******** *** ****** use ** *** ** accordance **** *** ***** of ****** ********, ***** will **** ** ********* in *** ****** ** the ****.

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**** ******** ******** ** rules ** **** **** included?

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