How CCTV is used

5. Code of practice

Stockport council, like all relevant authorities, must have regard to the Home Office guidance on the appropriate and effective use of surveillance camera systems.

The guidance within the surveillance camera code of practice sets out 12 principles to address concerns over the potential for abuse or misuse of surveillance by the state in public places. The activities of local authorities and the police the initial focus of regulation. The code of practice can downloaded from the GOV.UK website.

The Home Office have also developed a self-assessment tool in order for councils to measure their compliance with the code and identify any improvements that need to be made. Part of this process requires the publication of the self-assessment tool (PDF 83Kb).