What is GDPR and how does it affect my CCTV systems?

GDPR and the CCTV. What will change?

At a time when technology, including smart cameras, allows companies to collect much more sensitive information about individuals, more stringent supervision of the protection of personal data is certainly needed. A video recording of an identifiable person naturally forms part of an individuals personal data. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect throughout the European Union on May 25th 2018, affects all CCTV operators. 

The new regulations drastically change the way businesses need to approach how they capture, store, transfer and handle personal data from CCTV systems. It is important for businesses of all sizes to understand their regulatory requirements, and know what actions are needed to be compliant. The penalties facing businesses for non-compliance are fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover (Whichever is greater!). The regulations apply to all companies worldwide that process personal data of European Union citizens.

Path to Compliance

In general there are 6 administrative steps your business can take to make sure you are CCTV compliant which are: 

  1. Reasons for CCTV system

  2. Informing people of its presence and use

  3. Retention policies regards recorded footage and images

  4. Permissions

  5. Assisting the Gardai and other law agencies regarding the access of personal data

  6. Verification of use

Usee.ie can help you to become compliant with our CCTV Toolkit and can offer tailored CCTV compliance