Ring Doorbells, Domestic CCTV and GDPR

The Daily Mail reports today that, “A female doctor is set to be paid more than £100,000 after a judge ruled that her neighbour’s Ring smart doorbell cameras breached her privacy in a landmark legal battle which could pave the way for thousands of lawsuits over the Amazon-owned device.” Dr Mary Fairhurst, the Claimant, alleged that she … Continue reading “Ring Doorbells, Domestic CCTV and GDPR”

What impact will GDPR have on your CCTV systems?

There are now less that nine months to go before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force replacing the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). So what should operators and controllers of CCTV and video systems be doing now? The short answer is, ensure you are complying with the current law and don’t believe … Continue reading “What impact will GDPR have on your CCTV systems?”

CCTV and the Law

By Steve Morris The updated version of the Information Commissioner’s CCTV Code of Practice address the rising phenomena of surveillance technologies and methods. No longer are surveillance cameras passive image collectors, providing a resource for immediate use or historical evidence. CCTV, ANPR, Body Worn Cameras, Aerial Drones, together with the associated analytical tools and software, … Continue reading “CCTV and the Law”

CCTV Surveillance: Getting It Right

Steve Morris writes… “I keep six honest serving men, they taught me all I know, their names are what, why, when, how, where and who…” “I know a person small, she keeps ten million serving-men who get no rest at all! – One million how’s, two million where’s, and seven million whys!” Rudyard Kipling 1902 … Continue reading “CCTV Surveillance: Getting It Right”

Yet Another CCTV Code

CCTV is a hot topic. Following complaints by Big Brother Watch, the ICO has taken enforcement action involving both number plate recognition cameras and cameras recording people’s conversations in taxis. On 20th May 2014, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a consultation on a revised Code of Practice on CCTV. The previous version was published … Continue reading “Yet Another CCTV Code”

NEW CCTV Code Consultation

On 20th May 2014, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a consultation on a revised Code of Practice on CCTV. This is intended to replace the current version, which was published in 2008, and aims to: reflect the developments in existing technologies that have taken place in the last six years, discuss the emergence of … Continue reading “NEW CCTV Code Consultation”


Not sure why but when a normally rational DP officer is asked to produce a Fair Processing Notice for a CCTV camera they seem to lose track of reality and forget the basics. Name of Data Controller; purpose of processing, contact details. Here’s a simple example. Forgot almost everything and also made the mistake of telling … Continue reading “FPN & CCTV”

Leading Surveillance Law Expert Joins the Act Now Team

Act Now Training welcomes solicitor and surveillance law expert, Naomi Mathews, to its team of associates. Naomi is a Senior Solicitor and a co-ordinating officer for RIPA at a large local authority in the Midlands. She is also the authority’s Data Protection Officer and Senior Responsible Officer for CCTV. Naomi has extensive experience in all areas … Continue reading “Leading Surveillance Law Expert Joins the Act Now Team”

Act Now in Dubai 

Last week the Act Now team returned from a trip to the United Arab Emirates to promote our Middle East training programme. It was a great opportunity to better understand the UAE privacy framework and the needs of businesses faced with the challenge of implementing new laws (as well as get some sun!)  The Middle … Continue reading “Act Now in Dubai “

Act Now launches GDPR Policy Pack

The first fine was issued recently under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the Austrian data protection regulator. Whilst relatively modest at 4,800 Euros, it shows that regulators are ready and willing to exercise their GDPR enforcement powers. Article 24 of GDPR emphasises the need for Data Controllers to demonstrate compliance through measures to … Continue reading “Act Now launches GDPR Policy Pack”

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