BS 7958:2015 Closed circuit television (CCTV) Management and operation - Code of practice
BS 7958:2015 provides recommendations for the management and operation of CCTV within controlled environments where data – which might later be offered as evidence – is received, stored, reviewed or analysed.
The 2015 revision takes the latest legislation into account and has been expanded to include Automatic Number Plate Recognition and body worn cameras.
Who is the standard for?
This standard will be extremely useful to anybody who is responsible for the operation and management of a CCTV system because it provides best practice advice. In particular it will be relevant to:
- Security trade association members
- Those with responsibility for town centre management
- In-house companies which have their own CCTV control rooms
- Local authorities
- Sporting associations
- Education and hospital establishments
What does the standard cover?
BS 7958 covers CCTV schemes used in areas where the public has a ‘right to visit’. That includes, but isn’t limited to:
- A place that is privately owned, but where the public perceive no boundary
- A place where a public services is offered
- Public footpaths, roads, bridleways, etc
- Educational establishments and hospitals
- Sports grounds where access is unrestricted, supermarkets and housing areas
- Public arenas such as sports stadiums and public places where events are held as an alternative to regular activities in those locations
The standard gives recommendations on best practice that will help owners to obtain reliable information that can be used as evidence. It applies to the monitoring and management of public spaces and includes automatic number plate recognition and traffic enforcement cameras.
BS 7958 also provides good practice for all other CCTV schemes and also takes due regard of the 12 principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and the Information Commissioner’s CCTV Code of Practice.
The standard is part of the best practice guidance for all local authority monitoring centres, police CCTV control rooms and all private industry CCTV control rooms.
How has the standard changed since the previous edition?
The 2015 revision of the standard reflects the introduction of the CCTV Code of Practice issues by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The revision comprises a set of 12 principles that are applicable to public space CCTV systems.
The scope of the standard has also been expanded to include the operation and management of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and body worn cameras.