If you've decided to take advantage of highly secure CCTV systems in the past, then it might be time for a refresh. A recent ruling by the European Union has resulted in a dramatic change in the way that your CCTV cameras need to operate. This ruling not only applies to all future domestic surveillance systems but, instead, to all pre-existing ones as well.
This new change means that many homeowners with existing systems will be required to move their cameras elsewhere on their property, if they want to ensure that it remains covered by the domestic purposes exemption of the Data Protection Act.
How Do The New EU Rulings Affect Your CCTV System?
If your current CCTV system covers any areas, beyond the boundaries of your property, then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act. This can include shots of the street, or partial coverage of a neighbour's property. Fortunately, this does not mean that your surveillance layout is in breach of the DPA, but rather that you are subject to it.
Those CCTV systems which film even a fraction of a public space are now required to be registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). They will also be subject to a number of other requirements, such as the use of specific signage around the area. Many homeowners are choosing simply to move their security measures elsewhere on their property, either at the cost of the perfect surveillance area or easy maintenance access.
What Does This Mean For Me?
Homeowners who do choose to protect their property with high-quality and dependable camera arrangements need to be aware that if their surveillance covers an area beyond their home's boundaries, then they will be subject to many of the same requirements as larger organisations. This includes both the protection and, upon request, the provision of data obtained through the CCTV system.
Earlier this year, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the head of London's Metropolitan Police, said that homeowners and businesses should install their cameras at eye-level to make it easier to identify criminals. This new EU ruling might make that much more difficult and, for those with limited domestic space, impossible without falling foul of the new DPA requirements.
If you need to change the location of your CCTV system, why not consider completely refreshing your home security surveillance, and choose an up-to-date option from amongst our range of reliable models?
Reliable CCTV Systems In And Around Your Home
Installing cameras within your property is a fantastic way of monitoring issues ranging from anti-social behaviour to simply monitoring your children in your garden. Despite the recent changes to the rulings of the DPA, you can still enjoy the fantastic benefits to your home security when you choose a reliable CCTV surveillance strategy from Global VUE.
For more information on the changes to the Data Protection Act, or to enquire about the perfect model of cameras for your residential property, contact Global VUE today on 0844 544 3955, or use our online contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.