Use of CCTV cameras in toilets – GOV.UK

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Published 16 August 2022

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I recently completed my CCTV course and I was informed CCTV cameras are not allowed to be used in toilets. Yet on two occasions when I have done events, cameras were in place in male, female, and gender neutral toliets. Could you please clarify the law on this.
The SIA holds information that may be of assistance.
The SIA does not regulate the installation or positioning of CCTV cameras but holds information that may be of assistance. There is no specific legislation that references the use of cameras in toilets.
The Information Commissioners Office have produced a blog on what needs to be considered prior to installing CCTV which considers the issue from a privacy and data protection perspective. The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commission have produced a Surveillance Camera Code of Practice which operators and users of surveillance cameras are encouraged to adopt voluntarily.
The Knowledge and Skills Specification for Public Space Surveillance published by the SIA is a document which is intended to provide a clear specification on the approach that has been agreed by the SIA and key stakeholders in relation to the core learning and resulting qualifications required by SIA licensing.
Objective 1 of session 2 (‘Legislation’) states that care must be taken that the use of such must be proportionate, limited, specific, adequate, and relevant, in line with regarding Data Protection Act. Objective 6 states that consideration also needs to be given to potential acts of voyeurism.
I have taken an extract from the indicative content below, that goes into this in more detail about this.
Aim: To understand the different types of legislation and how they impact on Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) operations.
The meaning of “confidentiality” as it applies to the role of a CCTV operator:
Repercussions of breaches, for example:
Safeguarding requirements:
[Reference: FOI 0351]
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