Surveillance Camera Commissioner launches ‘Passport to Compliance’ document

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, has launched a ‘Passport to Compliance’ document (formerly known as an ‘Operational Requirement’ document).

When organisations are considering the procurement and installation of a surveillance camera system, it’s crucial to be able to specify what they want the system to do, how they want it to perform and also to ensure that it complies with all relevant regulations. Of course, how much the system will cost to procure and operate are also key points to bear in mind.

The ‘Passport to Compliance’ places the responsibility for CCTV system development in the hands of the organisations that operate them. It guides organisations on the stages they need to go through when planning, installing and eventually operating surveillance camera systems. It should be completed for new systems or where there’s a significant change to an existing system (for example, due to the addition of a large number of cameras).

Following the ‘Passport to Compliance’ will help organisations to meet the 12 guiding principles in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and, while not a guarantee, other relevant legislation such as the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act.

The ‘Passport to Compliance’ is aimed primarily at public space CCTV surveillance systems such as those operated by local authorities or in large shopping centres, although it can be used for any type of surveillance camera system.

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter commented: “I’m delighted to be able to launch the ‘Passport to Compliance’. It enhances, updates and simplifies the widely-used Home Office ‘Operational Requirement’ document and aims to reduce technical jargon to enable procurement experts within organisations to have the ability to properly hold suppliers to account where non-compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice is evident. The ‘Passport to Compliance’ has been designed with the help of industry experts and thoroughly tested, and I’m confident that it can make a real difference to how surveillance camera systems are planned, installed and operated.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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