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    CCTV on Scout property

    Any one here have much experience of CCTV usage on scout sites?

    I'm well read up on domestic CCTV but I guess we're not domestic!

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    The Information Commissioner's Office is the definitive point for information on such stuff. https://ico.org.uk/

    Code of practice for organisations: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organis...f-practice.pdf

    CCTV Checklist: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations...ctv-checklist/

    From May 2018 there may also be a fee payable for organisations storing/processing CCTV footage. Unclear whether Scouts and/or other charities might be exempt, but the information will be in there somewhere!

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    yes the ICO has been very useful.

    its the whole "is it exempt" that is causing the problems. Local police advised use of a system but can't offer specific advice on the grey areas of overlooking neighbouring property. Particularly trying to prevent damage to the boundary fence but its hard to cover it without obviously showing what is on the other side.....

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    The systems we use at work all allow you to select parts of the image area to be left off the recorded image to allow for this sort of problem

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    While it wouldn't exempt you from registration, you might find your neighbours to be glad of it. I put up some fairly convincing fake ones after someone attempted to snap my back door locks with a screwdriver (good luck with that, they're anti-snap and have a heavy security escutcheon - they'd be better off putting a brick through the window, not to mention that there are three of them to get through to actually get in) and let my neighbours know that they were fake because if they were real they would be pointing at some of their property - the reactions varied from "don't care" to "shame they aren't real".

    I'd imagine most people would object to one pointing through their window or to full coverage of their garden (so no privacy to sunbathe) but a bit of the driveway or similar I can't see them having issues with.
    Last edited by Neil Williams; 12-06-2018 at 03:18 PM.

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