I used to be the MD of a security company, and for about 30 years I installed many types of security system, much of it pioneering stuff that was being developed and improved along the way.
Having given all that up, I feel that some of that expertise would be wasted unless I shared it with you.
Aside from the data pack that I sell, I am always available to give free advice to anyone that needs it.
Email me with any security questions and I will do my best to help.
My help service
I get asked a lot of questions about CCTV in the workplace and home CCTV systems. The general rule is that home CCTV is not subject to registration. Some users of home CCTV may go a bit too far by focussing on a neighbour's private area, or using a pan/tilt and zoom camera to home in on someone in a public or private place. Such cases might be an infringement of privacy and might not be lawful. There is no way that I can advise on this, and the best way to get advice is to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau, or ask the Information Commissioner's Office for guidance.
The placement of CCTV in the workplace is often objected to by staff. Some of the reasons for using such security measures can be for the benefit of staff, while others might be to detect criminal activities of staff and outsiders. Once again, I cannot really comment. This is something that needs to be discussed between staff and management, or failing that, a union or arbitration body.
Anyone is welcome to ask me for advice, but I cannot always be constructive. My advice service is really aimed at helping users of CCTV to conform to the Data Protection Act.
Last updated 21/05/11
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