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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Global, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
August 23, 2021

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Consultation opened for revisions to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

The UK Government has opened a consultation on revisions to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, first issued in June 2013 under section 30 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

This is the first revision of the code since its introduction in 2013. The code is designed to provide guidance on the appropriate use of surveillance camera systems by local authorities and the police.

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Professor Fraser Sampson, Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Professor Fraser Sampson (who IFSEC Global interviewed earlier this year), is encouraging contributions from across the security sector and is open for conversations throughout the consultation period, which closes on 8th September 2021.

In his role, Professor Sampson is responsible for encouraging compliance with the code and reviewing how it is working. He took over the job from his predecessor, Tony Porter, in March 2021.

The proposed draft update include reference to subsequent legislation, such as data protection legislation and the judgement in Bridges V South Wales Police, where it was deemed the use of automated facial recognised was unlawful on three counts. There is also expected to be some rationalising of the text to make it easier for users to follow.

The amended code at current does not place any additional burden on those authorities who should have regard to it, and the list of relevant authorities is not being extended. The Government intends to lay the draft code before parliament in late autumn, subject to the consultation.

To respond to the consultation , email [email protected] and find out more details about the proposed amendments here.

 

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