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CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition: consultation on a new code of practice

  • Published: Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A consultation on a new code of practice governing the use of CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems has been launched. The aim is to develop a set of standards that will ensure this technology is used effectively and isn't abused.

Proposals for a new code of practice

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Help draw up a code of practice for CCTV and ANPR

The government has made a number of proposals to be included in the new code of practice.

These include:

  • a checklist of actions to be carried out by CCTV operators before installing new cameras to check whether they are absolutely necessary
  • industry standards for equipment to ensure it is reliable, effective and gathers images that are of good enough quality and in a useable format
  • improving public knowledge about systems in communities through consultation by police and local authorities and better public information
  • considering whether further guidance is needed on how long data collected by CCTV and ANPR should be retained

Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire said: "CCTV and ANPR systems play a vital role in the prevention and detection of crime. However it is important they are used in a way that does not invade law-abiding people's privacy or undermine the public's confidence in them.

"That's why we are establishing this code and that's why we are asking the public what they think should be in it. Alongside this, we will appoint a new Commissioner to monitor the code and ensure it is effective."

Local authorities and police will adopt the new code of practice as soon as it is finalised.

The government is currently deciding whether the code cover other organisations, such as businesses and private security firms.

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For further information, and to have your say, follow the link below.

The consultation closes on 25 May 2011.

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