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Using CCTV On Your Property

An individual has the right to protect their property and this can be done by using a CCTV system where it is necessary, such as a security measure.

However, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner recommends that users of CCTV systems should operate them in a responsible way to respect the privacy of others.

For advice on how to use CCTV on your own domestic property, please read the following helpful leaflet:  Private Residential CCTV Advice from the Information Commissioner's Office [101KB]

Key Points:

  • CCTV should not be used as a substitute for other crime prevention methods.
  • If your CCTV system covers even partially any areas beyond the boundaries of your property, such as neighbouring gardens or the street, then it will no longer be exempt from Data Protection Act.
  • CCTV systems filming even limited views of a public space are required to register with the Information Commissioner's Office and will be subject to a number of requirements such as the use of specific signage.

For more advice on what this means for you and what you should do to make sure that you operate your system legally, please visit the Information Commissioner's website.