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If you have CCTV or a doorbell camera

Do you have a CCTV camera or doorbell camera on your home?

Here is what you need to know to make sure you comply with the Guidance from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

If you’re thinking of getting one

If you are thinking of using cameras at your property you should think about the following questions:

  • Do I really need CCTV?
  • Are there other things I could do to protect my home, such as better lighting?
  • Can I position the cameras to avoid intruding on my neighbour’s property or any shared or public spaces?

If you decide to use a CCTV system you should ensure you are being respectful of other people’s privacy and try to only capture images within the boundary of your home (including your garden).

If you do have a camera

If your system captures images of people outside the boundary of your home, there are some things you will need to do, such as:

  • Let people know you are using CCTV by putting up signs saying that recording is taking place, and why.
  • Make sure you don’t capture more footage than you need.

If you fail to comply with your obligations under the data protection laws, you may be subject to enforcement action by the ICO, this could include a fine. Information taken from ICO website.

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