Big Brother Watch has been at the forefront of the debate on how Britian’s surveillance culture has been driven by an explosion in the number of CCTV cameras around the country.
In our recent report, The Price of Privacy, we called on the Government to consult on whether it is now time for private CCTV cameras to be brought into regulation, particularly as the technology becomes more affordable and more homes have their own cameras.
At present they are exempt from the Data Protection Act, and the only means of challenging them is through harrasment law. Unsurprisingly, the Police have been less than keen to involve themselves in the process of regulating private CCTV cameras.
The Protection of Freedoms Bill proposes a new Code of Practice for CCTV use, but it is unclear if this will extend to private cameras.
Whether it is a camera that is pointed at your house, looks into your garden or simply watches the whole street’s movements, there are clear risks of these cameras being used innapropriately and with barely any controls on them.
We continue to recieve a growing number of complaints about intrusive private CCTV cameras and are now in the process of building up a case for action. So do get in touch if you have experienced the problem and have been unable to resolve the issue.
Email [email protected] and let us know your views.