They started appearing a few months ago. Ever since then there has been uproar among some Muslims in the city.Read More
Expanding surveillance equipment provider Genie CCTV has supplied surveillance systems to St Alban’s Academy, situated near the centre of Birmingham. With origins dating back to 1871, this specialist engineering and maths academy was opened in September 2009, replacing St Alban’s CE Specialist Engineering College. It now forms part of the ARK Schools Network, which includes seven other academies.Read More
Liberty believes the Project Champion CCTV scheme in Birmingham is not only wrong, but unlawful in its implementation.
Just occasionally, when the authorities get things wrong, someone is brave enough to say sorry. Assistant chief constable Sharon Rowe did that on Sunday. She had quite a lot to apologise for on behalf of West Midlands police.
Expanding surveillance equipment provider Genie CCTV has helped a Birmingham school to improve its security, providing a more secure environment for pupils and teaching staff, as well as deterring future threats including on-site thefts that had previously posed a concern for the school.Read More
The UK is recognised as a leading user of CCTV and the public are used to seeing CCTV cameras on virtually every high street. Such systems continue to enjoy general public support but they do involve intrusion into the lives of ordinary people as they go about their day to day business and can raise wider privacy concerns. We know from our research that the public expects CCTV to be used responsibly with proper safeguards in place. We have therefore issued guidance to help organisations who use CCTV to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and to help them inspire public confidence that they are using CCTV responsibly.
Images of people are covered by the Data Protection Act, and so is information about people which is derived from images – for example, vehicle registration numbers. Most uses of CCTV by organisations or businesses will be covered by the Act, regardless of the number of cameras or how sophisticated the equipment is.
The Data Protection Act does not apply to individuals’ private or household purposes. So if you install a camera on your own home to protect it from burglary, the Act will not apply.
We have published the following guidance to help organisations using CCTV to stay within the law:
CCTV code of practice
CCTV surveillance has become a common feature of our daily lives. We are caught on numerous
CCTV cameras as we move around our towns and cities, visit shops and offices, and travel on
the road and other parts of the public transport network. Whilst the use of CCTV continues to
enjoy general public support, it necessarily involves intrusion into the lives of ordinary individuals
as they go about their day to day business. Our research has shown that the public expect it to
be used responsibly with effective safeguards in place. Maintaining public trust and confidence in
its use is essential if its benefits are to be realised and its use is not to become increasingly
viewed with suspicion as part of a surveillance society.