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CCTV surveillance by your neighbour

Published Thursday, July 5, 2018

This Library Paper summarises what the law says on a neighbour’s use of CCTV.

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Constituents sometimes complain to their MPs that a neighbour’s CCTV camera is “intrusive” and ask what the law says.

The use of CCTV in general is regulated by the Data Protection Act 2018. However, the use of cameras for limited household purposes is exempt from the Act, providing that the field of view is limited to the householder’s own property.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) enforces the 2018 Act. An ICO helpline (0303 123 1113) is available for queries on data protection, including the use of CCTV.

The domestic use of CCTV could be challenged if its use amounted to harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. The relevance of the legislation would depend on the specific circumstances.




Commons Briefing papers SN01803

Author: John Woodhouse

Topic: Privacy

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