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Candid camera

  • 25 April 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Hauliers have good reason to use cameras as they fight to prevent crime, raise driving standards and lower insurance premiums.

With camera technology becoming ever cheaper, smaller and more user-friendly, its rapid spread across lorry fleets is no surprise.

However, when can surveillance become too intrusive?

Among the core principles of the Data Protection Act (DPA), which governs the use of employee surveillance, is one that states that the amount of personal data you may hold should not be “excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed”.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can impose fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the DPA but camera infringements are more likely to result in an enforcement notice.

This would order the employer to take specific action in order to ensure compliance.

To avoid breaching the DPA, employers should conduct an impact assessment before cameras are installed to ensure a balance is struck between protecting employees’ privacy and protecting the best interests of the business.

A code of practice was published by the Information Commissioner in 2008 to help organisations carry out this assessment.

The code states that workers need to be consulted if they are to be monitored on camera and ways of reducing their intrusiveness need to be considered. 

Employers also need to make clear why cameras are being used and in which areas of their business. 

If, for example, a haulier told drivers that camera monitoring in the yard was solely for security reasons, it would be wrong to use it to check if drivers were doing their daily safety checks on lorries properly.

For more information on the topic, read the article by Guy Sheppard in the 1 May issue of Commercial Motor.

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