Domestic CCTV


Advice on using CCTV

In the UK it is estimated that the average person is caught on CCTV over 300 times per day and although it protects civilians, business owners and companies, it can also invade privacy if not used correctly.


So what do the Government say on this matter?

They suggest that an individual has the right to protect their property using CCTV if/where necessary. They recommend that the individual operates their CCT in a responsible way to respect the privacy of others.


"A CCTV system to protect a domestic dwelling from acts of crime and anti-social behaviour is now commonplace. Although this seems a reasonable use, there have been a number of complaints to the police, ICO and the SCC from neighbours and other members of the public who believe that cameras are being used to spy on them and their families."



What should I ask myself before purchasing CCTV?

When purchasing a CCTV system you are encouraged to ask yourself some questions prior to purchasing the equipment

  • could I use another means to protect my home, such as improved lighting?
  • what do I want my CCTV to record?
  • where are the danger points at my address? (front porch, back garden, balcony etc)
  • how can I angle the camera to avoid intruding neighbouring houses?
  • do I need to give notice to neighbouring houses?
  • how long will I keep the recordings for?


What effect does the FOV of the camera have?

"If your CCTV system covers, even partially, any areas beyond the boundaries of your property, such as neighbouring gardens or the street, then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA) under the domestic purposes exemption. This does not mean that you are breaching the DPA but it does mean that you are subject to it." (


"CCTV systems filming even limited views of a public space are now required to be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and will be subject to a number of other requirements such as the use of specific signage. Owners must also be aware that if their system covers an area beyond their home’s boundary they will also be subject to many of the same requirements in terms of the protection and provision of data as larger organisations."



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Chris Bird