Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

The ICO is responsible for regulating the use of personal data in the UK, enforcing data protection laws, promoting transparency and ensuring individuals’ rights are protected. They provide guidance and advice to organizations on how to comply with data protection laws, investigate data breaches and complaints, and take enforcement action against those who fail to comply with the law.

In addition to their regulatory duties, the ICO also plays a key role in raising awareness about data protection issues and educating the public about their rights. They offer resources and guidance to help individuals understand how their personal data is used and how they can protect themselves online.

Overall, the ICO plays a crucial role in upholding data protection standards in the UK and ensuring that individuals’ rights are respected in an increasingly data-driven world.


It is mandatory that in cases where CCTV systems are subjected to the regulations outlined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), individuals who are expected to be recorded on camera must be able to easily identify and discern who is responsible for operating the surveillance system, especially when it may not be immediately apparent.

The simple answer is yes.

Although there are exceptions, primarily private households and some organisations, there is a duty by all scheme operators to respect an individual’s privacy and basic human rights. This means ensuring that if individuals are likely to be captured on a CCTV system that they must to be informed of such using appropriate signage.

No, private households are not bound by the Data Protection Act 1998, unless you are capturing footage of individuals outside your property.

If your camera/s covers, even partially, any areas beyond the boundaries of your property, such as neighbouring gardens or the street, then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA) under the domestic purposes exemption. This does not mean that you are breaching the DPA but it does mean that you are subject to it, so you will have to sign it.

There is no specific legislation, which dictates how many signs are required but operators need to remember that they have a duty to inform others of the existence of a CCTV scheme. For example every access point to an area that is covered by CCTV should be signposted.