This policy governs the operation of surveillance camera technology (including closed circuit television (CCTV) systems and other overt surveillance technology) operated by Brighton & Hove City Council as a data controller to assist it in carrying out its enforcement, public safety, and other functions.
The policy sets out the principles to be observed by the Council, its members, employees, contractors, and any other parties or organisations involved in the operation, management, and administration of relevant surveillance camera systems, as well as the responsibilities which exist to ensure that these systems are operated in a compliant manner. It is also intended to inform members of the public of the purposes for which cameras are operated, and of the standards to be met in relation to them.
The policy is not binding on Local Authority schools, which are legally distinct from the Council and are separately responsible for any surveillance cameras they may use.
A list of key definitions and acronyms is set out at section 12 of this policy.
This policy does not govern the Council’s use of the surveillance powers available to it, which are conducted under the auspices of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. Covert surveillance is governed by a separate document, the RIPA Policy (Corporate Policy and Procedures Document on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000).