Some industry-specific sectors may require employers to carry out monitoring for legal or regulatory purposes. However, any information gathered from such monitoring should only ever be used for the purpose it was initially recorded for. An exception to this would be if, upon reviewing the footage, other serious issues or problems come to light. For example, breaches of health and safety policy or illegal activities such as theft.
Business owners and individuals have the right to protect their premises, however—and particularly in the case of CCTV systems—surveillance systems should be used responsibly and in a way which respects the privacy of others. As such, the Surveillence Camera Commissioner recommends displaying signage to advise people that they are being monitored/recorded.
Security and CCTV signs are a great way to not only deter thieves, burglars and vandals; a good way to remind workers of their on-site responsibilities towards following health and safety policies and the recording of such breaches, but finally—a way to protect the employer/individual from any potential legal challenges arising from individuals claiming they were being filmed without their awareness.
Legal Compliance Tips:
- Ensure, where possible, all staff, visitors, contractors and others are informed about the use of surveillance with appropriate signage. (Or the legal repercussions for
violating the law or on site health and safety policies.)
- Legal requirements dictate CCTV signs should be placed close to the cameras in
operation, be visible to members of the public, and that cameras shouldn’t be
concealed, but visible to all.
Contact us here to discuss which sign you require and we’ll find you it (the images in this listing are for illustration purposes only).