Re­port on city’s CCTV use

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil has wel­comed a Vic­to­rian Au­di­tor-gen­eral’s Of­fice re­port into closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion, CCTV, in pub­lic places as it strives to im­prove pub­lic safety while pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s pri­vacy.

Au­di­tor-gen­eral An­drew Greeves’ re­port, tabled in State Par­lia­ment, showed the coun­cil could im­prove the way it man­aged in­for­ma­tion gath­ered via pub­lic safety cam­eras.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City was one of five Vic­to­rian coun­cils ran­domly au­dited, along with the cities of Mel­bourne, White­horse and Hume and East Gipp­s­land Shire Coun­cil. The re­port found all five coun­cils used sur­veil­lance tech­nol­ogy le­git­i­mately, but the sys­tems needed to be man­aged bet­ter to com­ply with pri­vacy laws.

Hor­sham coun­cil op­er­ates pub­lic CCTV sys­tems pri­mar­ily in the city’s cen­tral ac­tiv­ity district, to en­hance com­mu­nity safety.

There are also cor­po­rate se­cu­rity sys­tems in­stalled at Hor­sham Town Hall and Kal­kee Road Chil­dren’s and Com­mu­nity Hub.

Hor­sham chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­nil Bhalla said the coun­cil had al­ready re­sponded to 10 rec­om­men­da­tions from the re­port.

“The pri­or­ity is the fi­nal adop­tion of coun­cil’s CCTV pol­icy, which is cur­rently in draft form,” he said.

“Other key ar­eas we are ad­dress­ing in­clude im­prov­ing phys­i­cal se­cu­rity and ac­cess con­trols for cor­po­rate CCTV sys­tems and more reg­u­larly as­sess­ing whether those con­trols are work­ing.

“The re­sponse to the Vic­to­rian Au­di­tor-gen­eral’s Of­fice rec­om­men­da­tions in­cludes a time­frame for com­ple­tion of the ac­tions re­quired to sat­isfy each rec­om­men­da­tion.”

Mr Bhalla stressed no se­cu­rity breaches for Hor­sham’s pub­lic se­cu­rity sys­tems had been raised.

“We had no in­ci­dents of in­ap­pro- pri­ate use of sur­veil­lance sys­tems or footage. The Of­fice of the Vic­to­rian In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner also had no such com­plaints,” he said.

“A strength of coun­cil’s cur­rent pub­lic CCTV sys­tems is that the data is se­curely housed at Hor­sham Po­lice Sta­tion and view­able only by po­lice.

“This pro­vides a sig­nif­i­cant level of pro­tec­tion and en­sures the in­for­ma­tion is only used for ap­pro­pri­ate pur­poses.

“Notwith­stand­ing this, coun­cil ac­cepts the rec­om­men­da­tions of the re­port – that coun­cil should be able to demon­strate that it is se­curely main­tain­ing these sys­tems to pre­vent any such breach.”

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