CCTVs Don't Make You Safe

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Re: CCTVs Don't Make You Safe

Postby ianf » Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:31 pm UTC

Peter Galbavy wrote:One of the problems is who has a right to view and use the recordedcfootage - but in this example the opposite of privacy. There have been a number of reported cases where people have been either physically attacked or otherwise had criminal activity (pickpocketing etc.) going on around them. The police and the CPS (Criminal Prosecution Service in the UK) refuse to take action but the victim is denied access to the CCTV footage to press a private prosecution. This has happened to one friend of mine whose car was repeatedly vandalised.

You should be able to obtain CCTV footage of yourself by submitting a data protection request, in just the same way that you should be able to obtain all e-mails about you that a company holds. Of course, the key word here is "should" and the reality might be different. Mark Thomas did a programme about CCTV and the data protection act a while ago (with mixed results, e.g. got footage back from McDonalds but not from Newham Council). Here's the info about the programme on his web site -

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Re: CCTVs Don't Make You Safe

Postby Peter Galbavy » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:52 pm UTC

Problem with that is that the others - the suspects - are either blurred out and hence useless for any sort of ID purposes or that the authority / company refuses the request that there are others in the footage, not just yourself.

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