Privacy Impact Assessments 2015-16

Privacy Impact Assessments 2015-16

INTRODUCTION

These Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) CCTV are recommended in The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, issued by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in June 2013 in accordance with Section 30 (1) (a) of The Protection of Freedom Act 2012.

The purpose of the PIA is to ensure that privacy risks are minimised while allowing the aims of the project to be met whenever possible.nnrnThe purpose of these Privacy Impact Assessments is to ensure compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice Principle 2 – The use of a surveillance camera system must take into account its effect on individuals and their privacy, with regular reviews to ensure its use remains justified.

Principle 2 identifies ‘the need for a privacy impact assessment process to be undertaken whenever the development or review of a surveillance camera system is being considered to ensure that the purpose of the system is and remains justifiable, there is consultation with those most likely to be affected, and the impact on their privacy is assessed and any appropriate safeguards can be put in place. Where such an assessment follows a formal and documented process, such processes help to ensure that sound decisions are reached on implementation and on any necessary measures to safeguard against disproportionate interference with privacy. In the case of a public authority, this also demonstrates that both the necessity and extent of any interference with Article 8 rights has been considered.’

A privacy impact assessment also helps assure compliance with obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998 in particular Article which specifies that;

(1) Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

(2) There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as in accordance with the law and as is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic wellbeing of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.]

‘Personal data’ as defined by Section of the Data Protection Act means data which relates to a living individual who can be identified:

(a) from those data,

(b) from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the individual.

Individual Privacy Impact Assessments