Do I Need CCTV Signs for My Business?

Once you have installed a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system at your premises, the question is whether you should inform visitors and passers-by that they are being recorded. Here, we look at the advantages and legalities around displaying CCTV signage.

How do video surveillance systems work?

CCTV systems deploy one or more cameras which are positioned to capture activity in and around a property. The footage can be viewed in real-time by authorised persons on the premises via a monitor, with modern surveillance systems also allowing for the video to be viewed remotely, such as on a mobile device. The images captured are recorded, potentially providing evidence in a criminal investigation or in an employment dispute.

Do organisations need to tell people they are being recorded?

While surveillance systems offer organisations important peace of mind, there are implications for innocent parties whose image and movements are captured on CCTV. The issues around surveillance cameras mainly relate to privacy and data protection.

Data protection and privacy laws in Bermuda

Last year, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda issued guidance relating to the deployment of CCTV, which sets out the requirements for organisations. It covers such things as capturing and storing surveillance camera footage, as well as the right of people to know they are being recorded.

The guidance draws on the relevant Bermudan law, which is the Personal Information Protection Act 2016, the remaining provisions of which are expected to come into force on 1 January 2025.

Among other things, the guidance states that “individuals affected by video surveillance must be informed about key details”, including the existence of the monitoring. This means that signage should be displayed at the premises, clearly stating that anyone who enters the area under surveillance is being recorded.

The guidance also notes that the cameras should be angled to minimise “the gathering of irrelevant footage”, such as covering a neighbour’s property or a wide public area far beyond the organisation’s boundaries. In addition, the guidance calls for the “timely and automatic deletion of footage” to minimise any risk to personal data or privacy.

CCTV as a deterrent

In addition to the legal requirements, one of the key benefits a CCTV system offers is being an effective deterrent to potential criminals. Simply having visible cameras installed at a property can be enough to make would-be intruders think twice.

Likewise, a prominent sign informing visitors and passers-by they are being recorded serves as a reminder that the premises are being monitored 24/7, which can be enough to stop unwanted activity at your home or place of business.

Overall, when you decide to install CCTV at your premises, it is important to make yourself aware of the requirements and obligations which accompany the many advantages a modern surveillance system offers.

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