Doncaster joins the audio-CCTV club

After successfully challenging audio-CCTV in Oxford and Southampton, it has come to our attention that Doncaster is also pursuing audio recording in taxis.

Always-on audio recording means recording every minute of every conversation of every passenger. It is a disproportionate and intrusive policy that goes against data protection law and does little to address to the underlying threats to driver safety.

Needless to say we’ll be contacting Doncaster Council and the Information Commissioner about the scheme.

Taxi drivers should not be forced to install surveillance equipment in their cabs. Voluntary schemes and panic button systems would offer a solution to those drivers who feel their safety is at risk without forcing every cab to record passengers.

The ICO has published a CCTV Code of Practice to help local authorities and other organisations using CCTV to stay within the law. Sadly it seems an increasing number of local authorities are happy to disregard this as they pursue over-zealous surveillance policies.

1 Comment

  1. Facebook User
    17th April 2013

    Hi, my name is Kevin Parr and I run a CCTV and security business in Doncaster. I would be very interested to hear if you have had a response from Doncaster council concerning the CCTV and audio recoding in public places and especially in Taxis. I would like to publish the reply on my Facebook and Twitter and could probably get it put into the Doncaster Free Press as people in the area need to know.

    Hope to hear back from you.

    Kevin Parr