The Federation of Synagogues uses closed circuit television (CCTV) images at both its Head Office and some synagogue sites to reduce crime and monitor buildings to provide a safe and secure environment for staff and visitors, and to prevent the loss or damage to the property.
Statement of Intent
The Federation complies with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) CCTV Code of Practice to ensure it is used responsibly and safeguards both trust and confidence in its continued use. The Code of Practice is published at: http://www.ico.gov.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1542/cctv-code-of-practice.pdf
CCTV warning signs must be clearly and prominently placed at the external entrances to the building, if coverage includes outdoor areas. Signs must contain details of the purpose for using CCTV In areas where CCTV is used, you must ensure that there are prominent signs placed at both the entrance of the CCTV zone and within the controlled area. Visit https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/sme-web-hub/whats-new/blogs/installing-cctv-things-you-need-to-do-first/ for details of the requirements for the signage.
Siting of Cameras
Cameras must be sited so they only capture images relevant to the purposes for which they are installed (described above) and care must be taken to ensure that reasonable privacy expectations are not violated.
Every effort must be to position cameras so that their coverage is restricted to the synagogue premises, which includes outdoor areas.
Members of staff should have access to details of where CCTV cameras are situated, with the exception of any cameras placed for the purpose of covert monitoring.
Storage and Retention of CCTV images
Recorded data must not be retained for longer than is necessary. While retained, the integrity of the recordings will be maintained to ensure their evidential value and to protect the rights of the people whose images have been recorded.
All retained data must be stored securely.
Access & Security for CCTV images
Access to recorded images must be restricted to those staff authorised to view them and the CST and must not be made more widely available.
Complaints and enquiries about the operation of CCTV within the Federation should be directed to Anna Mileberg in the first instance. Further Information Further information on CCTV and its use is available from the following: · CCTV Code of Practice Revised Edition 2008 (published by the Information Commissioners Office) · www.ico.gov.uk · Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 · Data Protection Act 1998