The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became active on 25th May 2018 and arrived with mixed messages, leaving slight confusion within the security industry.
Having researched opinions across multiple industries, clarity is still needed by many security and surveillance professionals regarding the rights of individuals, their personal data, and the responsibilities of security operator regarding how they collect, store and protect the information gathered from security and surveillance systems.
Many organisations struggled to meet the needs of The Data Protection Act 1998 so the introduction of the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR has brought about a conundrum for businesses who lack internal experience and training to meet this evolving legislation.
Organisations running surveillance systems should make themselves aware of the potential implications of not adhering to the GDPR. It is important to ensure your systems do not breach the new Data Protection Act and GDPR.
The worst thing a business can do is nothing. The regulation is there to change expectations around the use of personal data and punish those who choose not to comply.
In general, the public are increasingly more aware of privacy issues and how their data can be used or misused. The best approach a business can take is to learn and fully understand the GDPR rules surrounding security systems and surveillance, and make sure their organisation is adhering to them on an ongoing basis.
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