TfL CCTV and Privacy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3336
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How do TfL ensure the privacy of private residents and business owners is protected from intrusion by TfL CCTV?

Answer

Answer for TfL CCTV and Privacy

Answer for TfL CCTV and Privacy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All CCTV users undertake training and pass an exam before they can use CCTV. This ensures that users have knowledge and understanding of the privacy compliance requirements of the Data Protection Act. 

CCTV cameras that are adjacent to residential properties are normally fitted with "no dwell zones". This prevents an operator from pointing the camera into a private property or business and the screen "blacks out" when the camera pans past that zone. Additionally, most TfL cameras have 'home' positions, which move the camera to a solely traffic related direction when not under control for a period of time.  CCTV is not recorded under normal circumstances and the system contains a full audit log of all operator activity.