Brigade Electronics has created a pack that customers can download from their website to provide a detailed guide to new data regulations with regards to cameras and recording equipment.
Emily Hardy, Brigade’s Marketing Manager said: “Many customers remain unsure of the new data protection legislation with some specifying vehicle cameras that do not identify members of the public for fear this will breach people’s privacy. This has not been helped by a small handful of vehicle CCTV manufacturers falsely claiming ‘their product is GDPR compliant’. Added to this information in the media has been general at best. We have created a more comprehensive guide with scenarios to help our customers. Our message is simple. Operators should not fear the use of camera systems and digital recording but should look at what policies they have in place and we can help guide them.”
The upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which comes into force in May 2018 stipulates how data should be protected and how people’s privacy should be respected. Some EU countries are already following these guidelines so effectively the UK is catching up. In a nutshell, GDPR is about the process of how you keep data secure, who has access to that data, how long you keep it for and how you are going to tell people that you are using their personal data and for what reason.
A tangible product therefore cannot be GDPR compliant because it is about handling of data, although customers should look for features and benefits that can help the operator to keep data secure. For instance, Brigade’s MDR-50X series digital recorder has new admin isolation rights which allow operators to control access to data so restricted users can only view footage and are unable to download or edit. This allows operators greater control over data and helps them to comply with regulations. Another thing to consider when purchasing such systems is whether the footage is protected. Brigade’s MDR-50X series digital recorder has a non-visible watermark so that tampered files will not play. It also features password protected software and a lockable hard-drive to further prevent unauthorised access to data.
Emily continues: “Our GDPR pack looks at the use of stickers to inform people that the vehicle is recording, where they should be placed and the sorts of things they should say. In the pack is a new sticker which we can post to customers. We also look at; how operators can gain staff approval through training, the type of policies that should be in place, the length of time data may be stored, examples of when privacy should be respected and whether audio in the cab is justifiable.”
The pack does not contain legal documents, it is merely a guide. Legal advice should be sought if they wish to rely on this information.
To download your GDPR guide to cameras and recording visit https://brigade-electronics.com/gdpr-vehicle-recording/