New National CCTV Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales endorsed by the BSIA

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The British Security Industry Association has recently endorsed the national CCTV surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales set out by Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, a report reveals.

The strategy aims to provide direction and leadership in the surveillance camera community to enable system operators to understand good and best practice and their legal obligations (such as those contained within the Protection of Freedoms Act, Data Protection Act and Private Security Industry Act).

It is the Commissioner’s strategic vision to ensure the public are assured that any use of surveillance camera systems in a public place helps to protect and keep them safe, whilst respecting the individual’s right to privacy. That assurance is based upon deployment which is proportionate to a legitimate purpose, and transparency which demonstrates compliance with best and good practice and relevant legal obligations.

The strategy aligns closely to the Home Office responsibilities to keep the UK safe from the threat of terrorism and to reduce and prevent crime and ensure people feel safe in their homes and communities.

It will provide the Commissioner with a robust and transparent framework to fulfil his statutory functions as set out in the Protection of Freedoms Act, informing his Annual Report to the Home Secretary.

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: “The strategy is a very worthy and successful attempt to draw together the multiple stakeholders across a diverse and critically important sector. The BSIA is proud to have been a contributor to the Commissioner’s efforts at providing direction and leadership on the appropriate use of such systems to secure the protection of our communities whilst protecting individuals’ rights to privacy.

“I am delighted to endorse the strategy and will continue to support the Commissioner’s work on standards and best practice in this vital part of the UK economy,” said Mr Kelly.

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