Surveillance Camera Commissioner

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The office of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner is an organization of the government of the United Kingdom. Its role is to encourage compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice. The office of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner works with the Home Office.

The office of the commissioner was created under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to further regulate the use of CCTV in the United Kingdom. The Act required a code of practice to be produced about surveillance camera systems. The surveillance camera code of practice sets out new guidelines for CCTV and automatic number-plate recognition.

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The role of the surveillance camera commissioner is to:

  • encourage compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice
  • review how the code is working
  • provide advice to ministers on whether or not the code needs amending.

The commissioner has no enforcement or inspection powers and works with relevant authorities to make them aware of their duty to have regard to the code. The code is not applicable to domestic use in private households. The commissioner also must consider how best to encourage voluntary adoption of the code by other operators of surveillance camera systems.

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