CCTV: Data Protection Act in Aberdeen, Scotland: Centurion, Security

UK Data Protection 

The United Kingdom Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 1 March 2000.  Under the UK Data Protection Act, anyone processing personal information must comply with eight principles of good information handling.

The eight principles state that the data must be: dome.people

  • fairly and lawfully processed
  • processed for limited purposes
  • adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate and up to date
  • not kept longer than necessary
  • processed in accordance with the individual's rights
  • secure
  • not transferred to countries outside the European Economic area, unless there is adequate protection.


CCTV Guidance 

ICO.logoAccording to the UK Information Commissioner's Office, there is a recent Court of Appeal case which will affect whether particular CCTV activities are covered by the Data Protection Act 1998. 

This guidance seeks to interpret the judgment for CCTV users.  It is particularly aimed at helping users of basic CCTV systems such as small businesses. 

Anyone accessing the CCTV small user checklist or CCTV code of practice should read this guidance first.

You can read more about UK Data Protection Act & related CCTV issues on the UK Information Commission website, or link directly to these downloadable PDF files: 


 CCTV Guidance & the Data Protection Act - When the Act Applies


 CCTV Data Protection Codes of Practice


 CCTV Small User Checklist




Data Protection Act 1998

You can also read the full text of the United Kingdom Data Protection  Act 1998 at the Office of Public Sector Information website.