Surveillance camera guidance, tools and templates

This collection brings together resources to help people comply with the surveillance camera code of practice and follow good practice and legal requirements.

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has a statutory remit to encourage compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice and to provide advice about it.

To do this, the Commissioner has worked with a range of organisations to develop the guidance notes, tools and templates available on this page.

Buyers' toolkit

The buyers’ toolkit is targeted at small and medium enterprises that are thinking about using surveillance cameras, yet as non-experts want to identify the best solution before they proceed and invest their time and money in a system.

Passport to compliance

The passport to compliance is aimed at large public-space surveillance camera systems such as town centre schemes operated by local authorities. It should be completed:

  • for new systems
  • for upgrades of systems if it significantly alters or enhances the views obtained
  • when additional cameras are added to a system
  • when existing systems are extended
  1. Passport to compliance

Self-assessment tool

The self-assessment tool will help you and your organisation identify if you’re complying with the principles in the surveillance camera code of practice. It should be completed in conjunction with the code, and can help to show you how well you comply with each of its 12 guiding principles.

Data protection impact assessment

The surveillance camera specific data protection impact assessment (DPIA) template with associated guidance notes has been developed in partnership with the Information Commissioner’s Office. This reflects updated data protection requirements, for example, the need to register the name of your data protection officer and take their advice when you carry out your DPIA.

Published 3 October 2018
Last updated 22 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated to replace Privacy Impact Assessments with Data Protection Impact Assessments
  2. First published.