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.