Wavestore and Facit form technology partnership to aid EU GDPR compliance

Wavestore and analytics expert Facit Data Systems have formed a technology partnership to help organisations comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when managing their surveillance system. Coming into force on 25 May, the EU’s GDPR stipulates that any person whose image is recorded on a video surveillance system has a right to seek and be supplied with a copy of their own personal data from the footage. However, the identity of any other individuals who also feature in any part of that footage needs to be protected when the recording is shared with a third party.

The technology partnership will see Facit working closely with Wavestore to promote the former’s proprietary video redaction software, Identity Cloak, alongside Wavestore’s Video Management Software (VMS). Identity Cloak transforms high-risk data to the low-risk category, allowing operators to see what’s happening in exported video footage without violating anyone’s privacy. It does so by blurring the faces of people captured on video in a dynamic way, allowing persons of interest to be selected and made visible while everybody else in the scene remains blurred throughout the entire video clip.

Relevant video can be exported from Wavestore into Identity Cloak and a full GDPR-compliant video clip made available in a fraction of the time it takes to do so using other methods.

Maximum benefit from video surveillance

“Our VMS is extremely user-friendly in terms of helping clients comply with GDPR,” said Enrico Bizzaro, head of integrations for Wavestore. “Identity Cloak complements the privacy features of our VMS and will ensure that our clients are able to achieve maximum benefit from their video surveillance systems without being in danger of breaching the new GDPR.”

Facit Data Systems’ managing director Waqas Hassan is pleased to align the company’s new Identity Cloak software with the Wavestore Technology Partnership programme. “We believe the combination of Identity Cloak and the Wavestore VMS will allow a significant reduction in risk and exposure to the requirements of all organisations using video in their environment for their GDPR compliance. Having a full redaction function to complement the existing Wavestore VMS features will be extremely helpful.”

Assisting with GDPR compliance

In addition to “lightning-fast” incident search and GDPR-compliant export with Facit, Wavestore’s VMS has a host of other features which help organisations comply in the day-to-day administration of their systems.

These include the ability to set hard limits on video storage duration so as not to retain video longer than intended, user privilege separation (including user privilege-enabled privacy zones), the option to ‘lock’ recordings in order to prevent overwriting while investigations are taking place and security hardening as standard including enforceable password policies.

Last, but not least, there’s no ‘back door’ access into the system.

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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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