CCTV is a popular method of security in the construction industry as it significantly helps to reduce the crime and number of intruder breaches. However, since GDPR was introduced in May 2018, CCTV regulations have been highly affected, specifically as the cameras collect personal data through the form of an image. Making it more important than ever for construction site managers and CCTV Monitoring providers to ensure they are up to speed with these changes in regulation.
Here are 3 ways CCTV regulations have been affected by GDPR; that any site manager or facilities manager should be aware of.
Construction sites looking to implement CCTV cameras need to have a strong reason behind why they need the installation.
If you have decided CCTV is the best security solution for your construction site, you need to ensure all recordings will be of a high quality standard to meet the purpose of use. Also, due to the processing of personal data and having a purpose to prevent crime, you will need to register the use of the CCTV cameras with the ICO. However, if you choose to use CCTV Monitoring Ltd as your remote monitoring company you won’t need to do this as we are already registered. We also ensure our state-of-the-art cameras meet all quality standards.
The positioning of CCTV cameras is extremely important now GDPR has come into practice. The cameras installed may have the ability to overlook areas people regard as private such as back gardens. Therefore, camera instalments need to be planned strategically otherwise it could cause an infringement to GDPR. The appropriate signage will also need adding to the correct areas to inform individuals CCTV is in operation. At CCTV Monitoring, we visit your construction site to assess the risks to ensure the installation complies with all current legislation. We also use electronic masks to prevent the viewing of private areas.
The general public (under the Data Protection Act 2018) have the right to view or ask for a copy of any CCTV images of themselves. As an organisation, you need to fulfil this request within 30 calendar days.
The storing of personal data is one of the most important parts to GDPR, it impacts CCTV regulations as it limits how images are stored and how long they are stored for. Employees of the organisation need to ensure they are fully trained in operating the CCTV systems & cameras as well as in the storing of images.
GDPR states the personal data gained from CCTV images have to be securely stored and the recordings that no longer serve a purpose need to be destroyed. For example, the data can be stored for long enough to allow any incidents to be documented and investigated. Once past this point they need to be permanently deleted.
CCTV Monitoring Ltd. is ICO accredited. The expert team have been fully trained and are aware of GDPR and the effects on the industry and its customers. If you are interested in remote CCTV Monitoring contact our team today.