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How to avoid GDPR Penalties

According to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) around six million CCTV surveillance cameras are operational in the UK.

Did you know that the images which are captured is in fact classified as personal data? Therefore, businesses which use CCTV cameras must ensure that they comply with GDPR.

The best way to ensure people are aware that you are taking their personal data is to display signs in the area that you are capturing with CCTV. Organisations are obliged by the legislation to make sure people are aware so it is important to do so.

If you have CCTV cameras placed in discreet places or perhaps have them in locations where people may not expect to be under surveillance, then it is imperative to make sure that the signs are prominent and frequent.

The signage in fact also works as a deterrent and is not expensive to install so is an added bonus to protecting your property. Businesses often get caught out if they have not placed the correct signage so don't let yourself get caught out!

Your CCTV Signage Checklist

1. It must be visible and readable.

You must ensure to display your business details, why you are using it and who to contact if they have any problems.

2. They should be an appropriate scale in relation to its context.

So, if your sign needs to be seen by a car driver then it will need to be bigger than perhaps a sign for a shop.

3. Make sure your staff knows what to do and who to contact if someone enquires about your CCTV system.

4. If you have signs which are displayed in a public area, be sure to show who is responsible for the systems.

5. Watch out when positioning your CCTV cameras.

If your camera is located on your premises, but is also capturing people outside, you need to make sure that you are displaying signs to those passing by too.

If you are thinking of putting in CCTV in a new location you may find the signage alone may do the trick.

But may not offer you the protection you are in fact after.

If you are thinking of installing a CCTV camera and are unsure of what signage is required, then please give us a call, as we would be happy to discuss any queries you may have. We are based in Hampshire, near to the Surrey/West Sussex border and are able to visit your site to discuss your requirements if needs be.

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