Clegg is on Right Track over CCTV Regulation says Compliance Veteran

 

CCTV: Clegg is on right track – 
All that has been missing is effective regulation says CCTV industry veteran
Hampshire, UK. 19-05-10. Re Nick Clegg's comments promising proper regulation of CCTV on ITN News today, Brian Larkins, Joint MD of VMS (CCTV) Ltd says, “It is good to see that CCTV regulation is high on the new Government's to do list. With around 4 million CCTV cameras employed in the UK, the Home Office's recent CCTV Operational Requirements Manual, plus the Information Commissioners CCTV Code of Practice provide the cornerstones for effective design and responsible management of CCTV. 
“All that has been missing is effective regulation. Without that, it's little wonder that 80% of CCTV images are assessed by the police as ‘not fit for purpose’ (Home Office National CCTV Strategy report).
“It has also been stated that 90% of CCTV systems do not comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (DPA). Many of these fail for minor reasons, but our VeriFi CCTV team routinely hear of cases where law abiding citizens have been refused access to their recorded CCTV images in the mistaken belief that it would be in contravention of the DPA. In fact, the exact opposite is the case. You do not even have to state a reason, provided you make application in writing and are prepared to pay the £10 (maximum) fee, you are entitled to a copy of any images of you that are captured on CCTV operated by a business or organisation, subject to reasonable conditions. That's because recognisable images are just as sensitive as personal information held in a database.”
ENDS (Background Information follows)
For interview requests, comment and photos, please contact Penny Haywood Calder, MD, PHPR Ltd, on 0131 669 5190 or 07850 657 714 or email penny@phpr.co.uk.
About VMS, Brian Larkins & VeriFi CCTV: 
http://www.cctv-compliance.com/cctv-consultancy-and-services.html
 VMS is a specialist CCTV compliance and forensics company based in Hampshire, UK.
 Founded in 1990 by CCTV veteran, Brian Larkins, VMS is jointly run by Brian and his son, Steve Larkins. They concentrate on providing practical solutions for CCTV management, from consultancy through to an unrivalled range of CCTV compliance support products.
 VMS has thousands of clients across a wide range of sectors, including financial institutions, retail and prisons .
 VMS have amassed a national network of CCTV Assessors working under the VeriFi CCTV brand, using unique software to ensure nation-wide quality.
 NSI approved CCTV installers or guarding companies can elect to become VeriFi assessors and include the service as an element within their annual maintenance charge. 
 Alternatively, large corporate organisations with in-house standards audit departments can incorporate VeriFi CCTV into their own facility. 
 Or independent VeriFi assessors may be employed directly.
Brian Larkins – Joint Managing Director of VMS.
Has over 30 years experience in the security industry and formed VMS over 10 years ago. Brian has recently spent 3 years developing the CCTV auditing element of the business culminating in the launch of VeriFi in May 2010 at the Facilities management show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Responding to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg's comments promising proper regulation of CCTV (closed circuit tele-vision) on ITN News today, Brian Larkins, Joint managing director of VMS (CCTV) Ltd says, “It is good to see that CCTV regulation is high on the new Government's to do list.

“All that has been missing is effective regulation. Without that, it's little wonder that 80% of CCTV images are assessed by the police as ‘not fit for purpose’ (Home Office National CCTV Strategy report).

“With around 4 million CCTV cameras employed in the UK, the Home Office's recent CCTV Operational Requirements Manual, plus the Information Commissioners CCTV Code of Practice provide the cornerstones for effective design and responsible management of CCTV. Effective regulation would complete the picture.

“It's been reported that 90% of CCTV systems do not comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (DPA). Many of these fail for minor reasons, but our VeriFi CCTV team routinely hear of cases where law abiding citizens have been refused access to their recorded CCTV images in the mistaken belief that it would be in contravention of the DPA.

“In fact, the exact opposite is the case and this is just one example of the confusion surrounding CCTV. You do not even have to state a reason, provided you make application in writing and are prepared to pay the £10 (maximum) fee, you are entitled to a copy of any images of you that are captured on CCTV operated by a business or organisation, subject to reasonable conditions.

“That's because recognisable images of people are just as sensitive as personal information held in a database.”

ENDS: background info follows

VMS (CCTV) Ltd are at http://www.cctv-compliance.com/

Brian Larkins – Joint Managing Director of VMS has over 30 years experience in the security industry and formed VMS over 10 years ago. Brian has recently spent 3 years developing the CCTV auditing element of the business culminating in the launch of VeriFi in May 2010 at the Facilities Management show at the NEC in Birmingham.

 VMS is a specialist CCTV compliance and forensics company based in Hampshire, UK with a UK-wide team.

 Founded in 1990 by CCTV veteran, Brian Larkins, VMS is jointly run by Brian and his son, Steve Larkins. They concentrate on providing practical solutions for CCTV management, from consultancy through to an unrivalled range of CCTV compliance support products.

 VMS has thousands of clients across a wide range of sectors, including financial institutions, retail and prisons.

 VMS have amassed a national network of CCTV Assessors working under the VeriFi CCTV brand, using unique software to ensure nation-wide quality.

 National Security Inspectorate (NSI) approved CCTV installers or guarding companies can elect to become VeriFi assessors and include the service as an element within their annual maintenance charge. 

 Alternatively, large corporate organisations with in-house standards audit departments can incorporate VeriFi CCTV into their own facility. 

 Or independent VeriFi assessors may be employed directly.

Contact: Penny Haywood Calder, MD, PHPR Ltd
Phone: 0131 669 5190 or 07850 657 714
Email: penny@phpr.co.uk.
Website: http://www.cctv-compliance.com