Guidance

Privacy impact assessments for surveillance cameras

Privacy impact assessments are carried out when cameras are added or removed from systems or when new systems are installed.

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Privacy impact assessment 1

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Privacy impact assessment 2

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There are 2 templates that can be used by organisations to conduct privacy impact assessments for their surveillance cameras/surveillance camera systems.

It is recommended that privacy impact assessments are carried out when:

  • cameras are added or removed from systems
  • cameras are moved or change position
  • whole or parts of systems are upgraded
  • new systems are installed

The 2 templates that can be used to conduct a privacy impact assessment for the use of surveillance cameras.

The first template allows you to group cameras by location and type and develop a risk register for easy access. The second template starts with screening question that helps you decide whether you need to conduct a privacy impact assessment, and then takes you step by step through the process. This template is particularly useful for anyone new to this process.

Either one of the forms can be used; alternatively you can design your own ensuring that it covers all the sections mentioned in the templates provided here.

Compliance and adopting the code means following the 12 guiding principles contained within it. We have developed self assessment tools which can be completed to assess how close your organisation complies with the code. We encourage you to complete and publish this.

Published 1 August 2017