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The Surveillance Camera industry is worth £2.5bn a year, and the UK is the most surveyed country in Europe with an estimated 4.25 million CCTV cameras. With such mass use of video surveillance, new technologies are now offering powerful crime-fighting capabilities but also generating privacy concerns among civil liberty groups.
This means there is a pressing need for a nationwide conversation about how camera technology is evolving, especially around automatic face recognition, AI and how surveillance cameras are used in practice.
Thursday the 20th of June will mark the world’s first National Surveillance Camera Day, designed to raise awareness about surveillance cameras and instigate the debate around their use in society.
Why a national Camera Surveillance Day?
Camera Surveillance Day is being organised by the Surveillance Camera Commissioners office, in conjunction with the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP).
The aim is to raise public awareness around how video surveillance cameras are used, regulations and data protection rights of UK citizens. Surveillance security cameras are designed to keep people safe, but the emergence of new technologies has led to further discussions about greater violations against our civil rights in modern society.
Now is a great time to start a conversation about cameras and modern society and how, what and why surveillance cameras are used.
What does this mean for the public and businesses?
The UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has encouraged control rooms across the UK to open their doors to the public on Camera Surveillance Day to show how they operate.
At the IFSEC international conference in London this week, the Commissioner will also launch a ‘secure by default’ standard. Which sets criteria for making surveillance technologies inherently cyber-secure, without user configuration or additional systems needed.
Manufacturers attending IFSEC this week whose products meet this standard will gain a crucial edge with customers who are increasingly concerned about the rise of cybersecurity threats.
“Civil engagement is a key strand of the national surveillance camera strategy and I want people who use cameras to shine a light on what they do – how they’re using cameras to protect communities not spy on them.” – Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter
How can I get involved?
If you are attending IFSEC international this week, be sure to check out the Keynote address on ‘secure by default’ by Commissioner Tony Porter and a panel debate covering the same topic.
One for your diary:
Thursday 20th June
10.15 – 10.45 am – Attack Aware: Secure by Default Keynote – Tony Porter
10.45 – 11.05 am – Secure by Default Panel Debate
As well as surveillance camera control centres throwing open their doors to the public, the government is also requesting organisations to publish a surveillance camera factsheet. The factsheet will set out the basics facts of their system, including what it is designed to do and the number of cameras they operate.
Join the Camera Surveillance Day debate on the 20th of June using #cameraday2019 and follow
us at @Eligosecurity.