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06/06/16
Professional Security Magazine reports that the Home Office has played a dead bat to a call by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner for enforcement powers. As background, the commissioner Tony Porter carried out a review of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice in 2015. Reporting in February, he suggested "limited enforcement sanction powers" if public authorities - local government and police users of public space CCTV and surveillance systems - fail to comply with the code.

In a letter, however Home office junior minister Mike Penning said that he "was not yet convinced" that giving the commissioner such powers would improve compliance, claiming that additional regulation "could cause confusion". (The Information Commissioners Office has teeth and has imposed fines of up to £500, 000 breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 which covers the use of CCTV and Surveillance Systems).

As back ground the Surveillance Commissioners Office was set up under the Coalition government, with only the power of persuasion to make councils abide the Surveillance Camera Commissioners Code of Practice..for more subject coverage visit the Professional Security Magazine web site