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Surveillance Camera Commissioner publishes detailed Annual Report for 2017-2018

by Brian Sims
Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB’s fifth Annual Report has been laid before Parliament. In his report, the Commissioner highlights the extensive survey of all police forces in England and Wales in order to understand their surveillance camera ‘footprint’ and how they’re complying with legal requirements under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. All forces now have a Senior Responsible Officer responsible for force compliance with the former.

Porter is building momentum behind the National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales to deliver:

*the first ‘Question Time’-style event that will enable enable serious debate on how surveillance cameras and associated technology impact citizens

*a series of national workshops aimed at local authorities to advise them on how to comply with the 12 guiding principles in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

*the first horizon-scanning report to enable a view into the future at how surveillance cameras may develop

*cyber security considerations across all strands of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy from standards right through to training

*developing a new Buyers’ Toolkit – an easy-to-follow guide for non-experts (within SMEs) who are thinking about procuring a surveillance camera system and want to ensure that they buy an effective system that does what they want it to do

*formulation and first meetings of the ANPR Independent Advisory Group, chaired by the Commissioner, to scrutinise the deployment and operation of ANPR as a surveillance tool

*the emergence of automatic facial recognition as a viable technology used by both state and private organisations

Commenting on the 52-page Annual Report, Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter said: “Yet again, it has been an incredibly busy and challenging year. I’ve continued to see lots of great examples of good practice from relevant authorities and those who fall outside the scope of this definition. Equally, there’s room for improvement and I’m working alongside the strand leads on the National Surveillance Camera Strategy to raise standards.”

*Copies of the the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Annual Report 2017-2018 can be accessed online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/surveillance-camera-commissioner-annual-report-2017-to-2018

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