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News - 19 April 2009
Proper training will reduce CCTV data abuse
UK CCTV compliance watchdog CameraWatch believes that fears over the wrong use of CCTV could be allayed by proper operator training.
Following the Home Secretary’s announcement of a review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), CameraWatch’s compliance director Paul Mackie says that it’s vital that public confidence in the use of CCTV cameras is maintained.
Public bodies in England and Wales have been accused of using CCTV systems to implement a so-called ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ in the pursuit of bogus benefit claims, and even dog fouling. Mackie believes that if operators are aware of their DPA responsibilities, then the use of CCTV for this type of ‘monitoring’ is far less likely.
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