What do you need to know about using CCTV on your business premises?
Use of CCTV, recording staff and customers on your business premises of course has some rules you need to abide by, by law. They are however extremely straightforward and easy to follow. I’ve provided links below this article to the Gov.UK website so you can learn more and verify what you’re reading here.
Firstly, you must tell people they are being recorded. This can be done quite easily with a clearly visible sign that is readable.
Next, tell the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) why you’re using the CCTV equipment. For example, for security reasons, prevention of crime/theft. This involves filling out an online application and paying a (usually) small fee.
You need to properly manage the CCTV equipment by means of controlling who can view the recordings you capture, as well as ensuring the kit is only used for the purposes you have outlined.
Like most data that comes under Data Protection law, anyone can request the recordings you make on your business CCTV system. You cannot charge more than £10 for this data and you must provide it within 40 days.
Data protection and your business; Using CCTV:
Data protection register: notify ICO about personal data: