The Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner (JOIC) has seen an increase in enquiries to its office regarding the domestic use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and is reminding Islanders CCTV should be used only as a last resort where other less intrusive approaches have failed or to address real and serious threats to individual health and safety or the protection of property.
If you have to use CCTV at home, follow the JOIC's top tips for best practice:
1. Do you really need to use CCTV? Consider carefully the position of your cameras and why you are installing CCTV. Also consider what it is you are trying to capture or resolve.
2. If your CCTV captures images of people outside the boundaries of your home, for example in neighbours' homes or gardens, shared spaces or on a public footpath or a street, then you will need to meet certain requirements of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.
3. If your CCTV does capture images of people outside the boundaries of your home, then you are required to put up a sign in the area of the camera(s). The sign must:
- be clear, visible and readable;
- contain details of the purpose of the surveillance and who to contact about the recording;
- include contact details sujch as website address, telephone number or e-mail address.
- If you have to use CCTV at home, preferably disable any audio facility.
- Remember, if your CCTV records only your property and your family, you do NOT need to comply with the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 but if you install CCTV for other than a purely personal or domestic purpose (ie it captures images in public areas), you will be a data controller and will need to register with the Jeresy Office of the Information Commissioner and comply with the law.
To view relevant JOIC guidance, click the following links:
CCTV at Home - https://www.jerseyoic.org/resource-room/surveillance-for-individuals/
CCTV in the Workplace - https://www.jerseyoic.org/resourse-room/surveillance-for-organisations/
The JOIC team can be contacted via
email@example.com or call the JOIC office on 01534 716530