CCTV guide­lines be­ing de­vel­oped for re­gion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

Ge­orge Wood

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