The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published an updated CCTV code of practice. The new guidance is broad in scope, covering data protection requirements around the use of not only traditional CCTV cameras, but also other emerging surveillance technologies, including body worn cameras and drones. The guidance explains the issues operators should consider before using such technology, the measures they should have in place to ensure they are not collecting excessive amounts of data and what steps need to be taken to keep the data secure. The new guidance was published on the same day the ICO warned operators that surveillance technologies should not be used as a mere matter of course but only as a necessary and proportionate response to a real and pressing problem.

ICO – news release – 15 October 2014 and ICO Blog – 15 October 2014