More and more people are installing CCTV in their homes. This may take the form of CCTV Cameras or Ring Video Doorbell cameras. If you want to install one of these systems, you need to:
Data protection legislation is set out in Article 2 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and is overseen and enforced by The Data Protection Commission (DPC). Domestic CCTV should only capture images/ sounds of people within the boundary of the resident’s own property including garden or driveway. GDPR does not apply to the processing of personal data in personal or household activities – this is known as the ‘domestic-use exemption’. If you capture images and sounds of people outside of the boundary of your home then you cannot avail of the domestic-use exemption and must comply with data protection law. Compliance with data protection law requires that you:
1. Demonstrate that you have a lawful basis for operating the CCTV system
2. Install appropriate signage advising of CCTV operation and provide your contact details
3. Keep personal data safe and for a limited period only
4. Comply with any access requests
5. Comply with requests for deletion of data from affected individuals
If you fail to comply, then the Data Protection Commission may take action against you and affected people may claim for damages in the courts.
Care should be taken to avoid overlooking public areas. If you capture images and sounds in public areas then you must comply with data protection law. It is good practice to fit a sticker or signage advising of the use of a CCTV.