Response to the code of practice relating to surveillance cameras consultation
The Protection of Freedoms Bill includes provisions for the further regulation of CCTV, automatic number plate recognition and other surveillance camera technology. These provisions will require the Home Secretary to publish a code of practice for the development and use of surveillance camera systems and provide for the appointment of a surveillance camera commissioner to monitor the operation of the code.
The government consulted between 1 March and 25 May 2011; there were 107 substantial responses.
The government response summarises substantive points made by respondents, together with commentary on how these inform the development of the code. It welcomes all these views as illustrative of the complexities of the existing landscape of surveillance camera use, and states clearly that the purpose of the code will be to ensure that communities have confidence that surveillance cameras are deployed to support them, rather than spy on them.
There is commitment to further consultation with interested parties in the development of the code. Subject to the passage of the bill, statutory consultation on the draft code itself is anticipated in the summer of 2012. Following that consultation, parliamentary approval will be sought for the code in good time for it to take effect in April 2013.