UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter has launched a survey designed to review the operation and impact of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.
The Government’s response to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice consultation back in 2013 said that the Surveillance Camera Commissioner would review the operation and impact of the Code and report back in 2015.
On that basis, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner is duly reviewing the Code and has launched the online survey to help gather views on it. The short survey response period will close on Tuesday 30 June 2015.
This news follows hot on the heels of Porter urging local authorities to “pay due regard” to the Code. Under the Protection of Freedoms Act, all local authorities in England and Wales are relevant authorities and must pay due regard to the Code when using surveillance camera systems in public places such as town centres.
The Surveillance Camera Commissioner, who launched an easy to complete self-assessment tool last November, added: “Our self-assessment tool will enable any organisation to quickly identify where they’re meeting the 12 guiding principles set out in the Code and where more work is required. I’m asking chief executives to get it completed in relation to their public space town centre CCTV schemes and inform me when this has been done.”