Ensuring transparency and responsibility in surveillance camera use
"Healthy public discussion around how and why they are used is also essential for effective governance of surveillance cameras, to ensure public trust and support."
Governing surveillance camera use
The National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales, launched in March 2017, governs the use and management of public space surveillance cameras, provides oversight of surveillance camera use, sets out the principles of use, and determines how cameras are managed and used.
The National Strategy covers more than 600 public authorities and a larger number of private and commercial organisations, including private security firms and national retailers.
Tony Gleason, Chair of the Public CCTV Managers Association and local authority lead on the SCC’s National Surveillance Camera Strategy expert working group, said: “The Strategy has been invaluable to local authorities, guiding our responsible development and deployment of new and existing camera systems.”
All public space surveillance camera systems in England and Wales now demonstrate appropriate managerial control, public support and trust in their existence and operation.
Authorities must legally follow the principles and practices laid out in the strategy. This makes sure that providers are following the best practice and operate with appropriate governance structures in place.
The National Strategy has also had a major impact on public policy and the delivery of services in a number of public policy arenas, including the police use of surveillance cameras. Here there have been changes to both procedures and training, including those relating to public engagement.
The National Strategy - informed by Stirling research - covers more than 600 public authorities and a larger number of private and commercial organisations, including private security firms and national retailers.
The world’s first Surveillance Camera Day - created by Professor Webster - generated a national conversation about surveillance cameras and was covered in The Times, The Telegraph, on BBC 2 and Radio 5 Live.