Alastair Thomas here! Following user testing and stakeholder consultation, we are delighted to announce that the Buyers Toolkit guidance is now available for download from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s website.
The feedback received by the project team helped to fine tune some of the draft content. The further amendments made to its content will help ensure that this toolkit can make a really positive addition to the guidance available to help organisations think more carefully about whether surveillance is really justified in addressing their problems. If your conclusion is to proceed with surveillance, then the toolkit provides advice and tips to help get the best out of your suppliers and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
With the new data protection obligations put into effect by the Data Protection Act 2018 now in force, we have worked closely with the Information Commissioner’s Office to ensure that this toolkit will help you understand and comply with those obligations. We have also aimed to address the risks associated with cyber security threats.
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has led this project, and along with Tony Porter wants to put on record its appreciation of all the expertise brought to it by a wide range of partners within the project team. The contribution of every organisation is acknowledged in the toolkit, and particular thanks are due to the project team members;
Steve Lampett (BSIA); Stephen Grieve (SSAIB); Dave Stones (SecureOne); Nigel Brazendale (Chubb Security); Mike Gillespie (Advent IM); Mark Gallagher (NSI), Paul Tennent (Tavcom); Jacques Lombard (Syntinex and Chairman – BSIA Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV) Section); and Alastair Thomas (Alasthom.com).
The SCC has now commissioned work to update and harmonise his other online tools, namely the Passport To Compliance, the Self Assessment Tool templates and the Privacy Impact Assessment template. The updated tools will be re-launched in the coming months, so keep reading the SCC’s blog to stay abreast of developments.