CCTV guidelines being developed for region
Guidelines on how CCTV could be used across Auckland are a step closer.
The Auckland Council is working on developing a CCTV policy for the city and will be presenting a draft version to local boards and other groups including the police and the privacy commission in coming weeks to gather informal feedback.
CCTV systems are already used by the council, other agencies, and businesses to monitor traffic and for security reasons.
But there is not a consistent set of principles for the whole city as to how it should be used and how people’s privacy could be protected, council Community Safety Forum chairman councillor George Wood says.
‘‘The issue is who is collecting information and what it is being used for.
‘‘For example, in Otahuhu town centre it is monitored by the business association and in New Lynn its monitored by the police.
‘‘There are so many different configurations of CCTV it’s just about getting it all together and putting it into one policy.
‘‘We’re sure everyone is complying with privacy commission guidelines but we want to make sure that what we are doing is squeaky clean.
‘‘After all it is about prying into people’s personal space and following them along a street,’’ he says.
The policy will help council and other agencies establish, manage, and better co-ordinate CCTV networks.
The draft is to be presented to the Community Safety Forum on August 27.