BS 7958 Public Space Surveillance – CCTV

BS 7958 gives recommendations for the operation and management of Closed circuit television (CCTV) within a controlled environment and applies where data that might be offered as evidence is received, stored, reviewed or analysed and applies to CCTV schemes used in public places.

CCTV schemes that process data about a known person are obliged to conform to certain legislation, most importantly the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. BS 7958 is designed to supplement other legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) in a model code that ensures fairness, purpose and responsibility.

It provides recommendations on best practice to assist users in obtaining reliable information that can be used as evidence. Whilst some schemes might not need to meet the DPA criteria, compliance with the code of practice is strongly recommended, particularly where schemes include an element of observation of the public.

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