Those 4 letters… GDPR… are enough to make anyone wince. Arggg…not again!
For some it may seem like a distant memory since The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. For others, a nightmare you can’t escape!
However, Falcon Fire & Security have an important notice for business owners with CCTV systems – which are now affected by the new legislation.
By law, if you are using CCTV to capture images (for security or health and safety procedures) they must be compliant under GDPR.
The new regulations are broadly similar in nature to the previous Data Protection Act 1998 (updated in 2018) which has governed the use of CCTV up until now.
The recording of identifiable imagery is considered as personal data under the GDPR and therefore, at a data protection level, requires the same level of thought and care.
There are a few steps you must take to ensure you are compliant…
You must be able to:
These third parties could include the CCTV Installer (e.g Falcon Fire & Security) who may also be monitoring the cameras on behalf of clients.
In this case, the security company is regarded as the “data processor” working for the client who is the “data controller”. This means the security company will need to have robust measures in place to prevent unauthorised access, alteration, destruction or disclosure of the CCTV data.
This includes an obligation to ensure the transmission network is secure. Recordings will also need to be electronically encrypted, physically locked and tracked by a signing process if removed.
Organisations found to be non-compliant may be faced with hefty fines.
Most importantly, it doesn’t matter WHO is responsible for the breach – it could be the MD, the caretaker or even a malicious hacker – it is the organisation itself that suffers the financial consequences and reputation damage.
As security specialists, we are committed to providing the very best service. In doing so, we adhere to strict rules and procedures to ensure your business is protected in the correct way.
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