The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has launched a consultation on a draft national surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales, to help keep people safe in public places and respect their right to privacy.

The Commissioner is consulting on the draft strategy for 6 weeks and people can respond to the consultation via his website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-national-surveillance-camera-strategy-for-england-and-wales

This strategy aims to provide direction and leadership in the surveillance camera community to enable system operators to understand best and good practice and their legal obligations, such as those contained within the Data Protection Act and the Private Security Industry Act, and then to apply that understanding to demonstrate compliance with the principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and any other associated guidance.

The Commissioner’s strategic vision is:

The public are assured that surveillance cameras in public places are there to keep and make them  feel safe, and that those cameras are deployed and used responsibly as well as transparently in a manner which is proportionate to their legitimate purpose.

The Commissioner will deliver this strategic vision by: 

Providing direction and leadership in the surveillance camera community, to enable system operators to understand best and good practice, and then demonstrate compliance with the principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and any associated guidance.

The strategy has been divided into 10 key work strands each led by sector expert. Objectives have been developed for each strand with a supporting delivery plan setting out specific actions and outputs which contribute towards achieving the strategic mission. Delivery plans will be completed and published in 2017.