An increasing number of schools have CCTV for security. We do not
regulate the use of CCTV but can offer advice because it involves the
processing of personal information. Capturing and/or recording
images of identifiable individuals is processing personal information
and it needs to be done in line with the data protection principles.
You need to be clear in your notification to us and in informing staff,
pupils and visitors why you are collecting personal information in the
form of CCTV images. If part of the purpose is to help maintain good
order in the school, you need to mention this. You should site
cameras only where they are needed for the stated purpose and
where they do not unnecessarily intrude on anyone’s privacy.
Give some thought to why you keep any recordings as well as having
a set retention period based on the possible need to review the
footage. Also consider who is allowed access to this footage and why.
Remember that people can request CCTV images in subject access
CCTV code of practice 2008