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Closed Circuit Television: Local Government

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2010, Official Report, column 80W, on closed circuit television (CCTV): local government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued by the Information Commissioner on the use of CCTV cameras with microphones; and what responsibilities the (a) Information Commissioner and (b) interim CCTV Regulator has in respect of the use of CCTV by local authorities. (319742)

Copies of the Information Commissioner’s CCTV code of practice, which covers CCTV systems with microphones, have been placed in the House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries.

The Information Commissioner has a responsibility to ensure that any CCTV systems that are used to process personal data comply with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Interim CCTV regulator is currently responsible for the development of policy on matters surrounding the use of CCTV in public places. His forward work programme will focus on scoping the need for and requirements of a possible regulatory framework, which could include standards, data retention, training, and a complaints process. He will work with local authorities and other key stakeholders to achieve this.