Video Surveillance – How to Deal with Private Sector Privacy Legislation?


The use of CCTV systems by small and large business organizations has exploded in the past decade. As the technology progressed the cost of video surveillance systems has fallen dramatically, now they are accessible even to smaller organizations. Security, surveillance, crime controls and deterrence are the most motivating factors influencing the use of CCTV protection. Retailers use these camera systems in hope of identifying shoplifters and deterring intruders, cameras installed in apartment building ensure the security of tenants and help detect vandalism.

You might not have idea but surveillance cameras have other less obvious uses. Management at big retail store make use of video surveillance in analyzing consumer behavior like, where they stop, what store aisles are more popular among customer, what product they examine more and so on.

Video Surveillance and Private Sector Privacy Legislation

Video Surveillance and Private Sector Privacy Legislation
Video Surveillance

In the private sector, surveillance through a security video camera is a matter of privacy laws. DVR Unlimited understands the organizations’ concern and to help the businesses achieve compliance with the law, we have prepared these guidelines, which help ensure that its impact on privacy is minimized. These guidelines are specifically developed keeping in mind the overt video surveillance of the general public by small and large businesses in publicly accessible areas. Please do not take them as guidelines for covert video surveillance, such as private investigation. They are also not applicable to the surveillance of employees.

Things to Consider While Using Video Surveillance

Here are a few important things you need to consider while planning or using the CCTV system.

  • Establish a strong business reason for which you need video surveillance and make sure you are not crossing the line.
  • You must have a policy on the use of CCTV system.
  • Keep the viewing range of the cameras under a specific limit.
  • Inform the general public that they are being captured in a camera system (post signs that there are cameras in operation).
  • Very important – store the recorded data in a secure place, with limited access, and delete them or destroy them as soon as their business purpose is over.
  • Always ready to answer if questions are raised by the public. They have right to ask what information is being captured, why they are being captured, who is watching them and so on.
  • Provide individuals access to information as well as the video images of themselves.
  • Periodically evaluate the requirement for video surveillance.

Final Words

While restoring video surveillance system, private sectors’ small and big organizations need to see that these systems are in perfect balance with the right to privacy of the individuals who enter to the premise –which is definitely their right to lead their lives free form scrutiny. Considering the private sector privacy law, organizations should also look for all those means of security that are less privacy-invasive.

Contact dvrunlimited if you have some quarries regarding video surveillance system. We are always ready and willing to help out.