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Is your use of CCTV compliant with data protection legislation?

Data protection is a fundamental concern to all organisations which hold vast amounts of personal (and often sensitive) information relating to individuals. Breach of data protection legislation, which includes the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) can lead to fines, bad publicity and even criminal sanctions.

It may or may not come as a surprise that CCTV recordings commonly used by organisations to track crime, anti-social behaviour and monitor communal areas are also covered by the DPA. This article outlines the key obligations under the DPA in relation to the use of CCTV and considers the impact of the new General Data Protection Regulation.