Surveillance Camera Commissioner publishes detailed Annual Report for 2017-2018

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:

About the Author
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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