Do you legally need to display a CCTV Sign?
In the United Kingdom, there is a legal requirement to display CCTV signs, such as a CCTV in operation sign, if you are a business. For example, if you are using CCTV cameras to record people in a public space, you must display a sign that states that CCTV is in operation and who is responsible for the CCTV system.
Even if there is no legal requirement to display CCTV signs in your area, it is still a good practice to do so. This is because it can help to deter crime and make people feel more comfortable in the area.
Here are some tips for displaying CCTV signs:
- Display the signs in a prominent location where they are clearly visible to people entering the area.
- Use signs that are large enough to be easily read and that have clear and concise wording.
- Make sure that the signs are written in a language that all people entering the area can understand.
- Keep the signs up to date and replace them as needed.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your CCTV system is used in a legal and ethical manner.
As a commercial property is not private property, any CCTV installed should comply with GDPR, and GDPR-compliant signs should be placed at all times. When it comes to placing CCTV cameras, you need to ensure they are not placed to catch members of the public, for instance, those at a neighbouring property. Installers must set up your cameras to ensure that any areas like that are covered, which your security installers will be able to do. Avoid placing security cameras in areas where they are disturbed by bright sunlight as it may interfere with the images they capture.
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