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What are the CCTV Sign Requirements?

The UK's data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), sets out the requirements for CCTV signage, such as CCTV in operation and security camera signs. Under the GDPR, CCTV operators must inform people they are being recorded, usually by displaying signs. The signs must be visible and readable and should include the following information:

  • The fact that CCTV is in operation: This should be unambiguous, such as using "CCTV in operation" or "This area is under CCTV surveillance".
  • The purpose of the CCTV system could be security, crime prevention, or other purposes.
  • The identity of the CCTV operator: This could be the organisation's name or the person responsible for the system.
  • The CCTV operator's contact details: This should be so that people can contact the operator if they have any questions or concerns.

The size and location of the signs will depend on the specific circumstances. However, the signs should be large enough to be easily read and displayed in a prominent location where they are likely to be seen by people entering the area.

There are some exceptions to the requirement to display CCTV signage. For example, you do not need to display signs if the CCTV system is only used for internal purposes, such as monitoring staff in a workplace. However, displaying signs in these cases is still advisable, as it can help reassure people that they are being monitored.

If you are considering installing CCTV, it is important to consult with a data protection lawyer to ensure compliance with the GDPR.

Here are some additional tips for creating effective CCTV signage:

  • Use clear and concise language. The signs should be easy to understand for people of all languages.
  • Use large, clear fonts. The signs should be easy to read from a distance.
  • Use bright colors. The signs should be easy to see in the background.
  • Display the signs in a prominent location. The signs should be placed where they are easy to see and access.
  • Keep the signs clean and free of obstructions. The signs should be easy to read and understand.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your CCTV signage is effective and helps to comply with the GDPR.


Can you have CCTV without warning signs?

That is a good question. We were 95% sure that you are allowed to put CCTV signs up without actually having cameras. Still, we’ve sought clarification from the ICO – Information Commissioner’s Office (the ruling body for CCTV/data privacy).  They’ve confirmed that “Data protection law requires people to put up signs if CCTV is in operation. Nothing is saying that you can't put signs up as a deterrent.

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