Hello! I’m Fraser Sampson, the new Surveillance Camera Commissioner (and Biometrics Commissioner too). I came into post on 1 March and with so much going on in both the world of surveillance and biometrics, I’m sure the next few weeks and months are going to be busy, but I think this is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to the road ahead.
Earlier this year I sent a survey to LAs in England and Wales to gain a better understanding as to the extent to which they were complying with their statutory responsibilities arising from Section 33(1) of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (PoFA) and the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, in connection with their use of overt surveillance camera systems in public places.
This blog discusses some work around standardising video data produced by surveillance camera systems and the ability of this video data to be easily retrieved and played by the police and the courts.
In this blog the Commissioner looks at how surveillance is being used during the COVID-19 pandemic and what lessons could be learnt for the future of overt surveillance.
This blog is the first in a short series of blogs from the Commissioner looking back over the six years he has held the post.
The local authority strand of the national surveillance camera strategy as been working on a framework service level agreement document to help local authorities and police forces write their own agreements. Read about how this work is developing and get involved.
Regulating law enforcement use of automatic facial recognition is a complex area. The Commissioner blogs about the legal framework and the need for regulators and others to work together to ensure that they serve the public interest to the standards they expect, helping those who want to deploy AFR do so within a strong framework of law and guidance
The policing strand of the national surveillance camera strategy focuses on how the police pro-actively share relevant information about their own operation of surveillance camera systems and use of data from other systems. Read about what's happening on this work strand.
The way overt surveillance cameras are being used is changing. Should there be an independent review looking at how they are used?
Video Surveillance Systems are operated by most Local Authorities in England and Wales and are intrinsically linked with operational policing to protect the public and ensure their safety. So how effective are they and is the cost of installing and operating those systems really worth it?