Top 8 Things Your Business Needs to Know About CCTV and Data Privacy


We have summarised the most important parts from the Data Protection Commissioners documentation and rules on this area.

If you need to discuss this, or anything to do with CCTV call us in Dublin on 01 538 3333 or request a call back.

1. You must have signs up.
If you do not clearly communicate that you are collecting CCTV footage, it can make any footage captured inadmissible in court.

2. There’s a law on where the signs must go.
You must have adequate signage in well-lit, prominent positions. There’s a set list of information that must appear on these signs (which luckily our free stickers have – contact us and we’ll send some out to your business in a choice of eye-catching yellow or hot pink)

3. If it’s not for crime, you have to have a reason for your CCTV system.
It’s generally accepted that you can collect CCTV footage for the prevention of crime, if you are collecting it for any other issue – such as health and safety, you will need to be able to prove there’s a case and/or previous history of an issue before installing such a system.

4. There are laws on where the cameras can be positioned.
You can cover the insides of your building and perimeter of your property – but no urinals or cubicles thank you very much.

5. People have a right to privacy.
You are obliged to minimise recordings of passer-bys and other people’s property. If you have a small corner of someone’s car park in shot that’s probably ok. If you have a camera looking in to a neighbours’ sitting room – not so cool.

6. You are legally obliged to provide footage to people.
If a person requests it, you are obliged to hand over any footage you have of them. They must specify in writing the exact times/locations they require. You have to pixelate or black-out everyone else’s faces (this can be costly). But it’s not all bad – you can charge them up to €6.35 for the hassle – pints on you this week!

7. It is expected that you’ll keep footage for 30 days.
People can request footage during this time, and for most crimes this will suffice. If you plan on keeping it longer you’ll need to have a decent reason. Personal accident claims can be submitted up to three years after an accident – FYI we can store your footage in our secure cloud storage for as long as you require.

8. Make sure you know the law before using covert surveillance.
Unless you’re James Bond you’re going to need to have a strong case and possibly contact the Gardai before installing covert cameras – especially if you plan on using the footage in court.

For more on this, visit the Data Protection Commissioners website.

If you need to discuss this, or anything to do with CCTV call us in Dublin on 01 538 3333 or request a call back.