Surveillance Camera Commissioner launches survey on Code of Practice

Tony Porter: the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter: the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner

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.”


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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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