BS 7958:2009 - Closed circuit television (CCTV). Management and operation. Code of practice – BSI British Standards

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BS 7958:2009

Closed circuit television (CCTV). Management and operation. Code of practice

Status : Revised, Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : September 2009 Replaced By : BS 7958:2015

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BS 7958:2009 Closed circuit television (CCTV). Management and operation. Code of practice

BS 7958 gives recommendations for the operation and management of Closed circuit television (CCTV) within a controlled environment. It applies where data that might be offered as evidence is received, stored, reviewed or analyzed. It also applies to the monitoring of traffic regulations.

BS 7958 applies to CCTV schemes used in public places such as the following:
a) Areas where the public are encouraged to enter or have a right to visit, such as town centres, shopping malls, public transport, health establishments, etc.
b) Schemes that overlook a public place, such as traffic monitoring schemes
c) Private schemes where a camera view includes a partial view of a public place.

BS 7958 also provides good practice for all other CCTV schemes. For control rooms whose operation falls within the scope of BS 7499 or BS 5979, all of the security requirements, both physical and procedural, of the relevant British Standard remain applicable.

CCTV schemes that process data about a known person are obliged to conform to certain legislation, most importantly the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. BS 7958 is designed to supplement that legislation in a model code that ensures fairness, purpose and responsibility. Attention is drawn to the Private Security Industry Act 2001, which contains provisions for regulating the private security industry. A person falling within the definition of providing security industry services under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 is required to be licensed in accordance with that Act.

BS 7958 provides recommendations on best practice to assist users in obtaining reliable information that can be used as evidence. Whilst some schemes might not need to meet the DPA criteria, compliance with the code of practice is strongly recommended, particularly where schemes include an element of observation of the public.

This version of BS 7958 replaces BS 7958:2005, which is now withdrawn.

Who should use BS 7958?

  • Security managers
  • Security inspection companies
  • Security consultants
  • Managing directors of manned guarding/security or close protection services
  • Operations managers of manned guarding/security services
  • Close protection services
  • Security vetting and screening consultants
  • Equipment installers
  • Integrated security system providers
  • Facilities managers.

Contents of BS 7958:
Normative references
Terms and definitions
Principles and management of the CCTV scheme
CCTV Image Receiving Centre
Privacy and disclosure issues
Recorded material management
Annex A (normative) Contractor responsibilities within BS 7958
Annex B (normative) Management and operation of CCTV traffic enforcement cameras
List of figures
Figure B.1 – Example of CCTV Image Receiving Centre Log Sheet
Figure B.2 – Example of Occurrence Log

Standard NumberBS 7958:2009
TitleClosed circuit television (CCTV). Management and operation. Code of practice
StatusRevised, Superseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date30 September 2009
Confirm Date01 December 2014
Withdrawn Date31 August 2015
Cross ReferencesBS 5979, BS 7499, BS 7858, BS EN 15713, BIP 0008-1, BIP 0008-2, BIP 0008-3, BS EN ISO 11064-1, BS EN ISO 11064-2, BS EN ISO 11064-3, BS ISO 10002, Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), Freedom of Information Act 2000, Private Security Industry Act 2001, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2002, Criminal Procedure and Investigation Act 1996, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Traffic Management Act 2004
Replaced ByBS 7958:2015
ReplacesBS 7958:2005
Draft Superseded By08/30179150 DC
DescriptorsClosed-circuit television, Television systems, Cameras, Security systems in buildings, Anti-burglar measures, Buildings open to the public, Urban areas, Safety devices, Regulations, Legislation, Management operations, Environment (working), Data media, Data handling, Data security, Data storage protection, Policy formation, Reports, Personnel, Conformity, Training, Ergonomics, Occupational safety, Records (documents), Quality assurance, Technical documents, Marking, Video tape recordings
Title in FrenchSysteme a CCTV. Gestion et operation. Code de bonne pratique
Title in GermanSicherheitskameras. Verwaltung und Durchfuehrung. Leitfaden
ISBN978 0 580 62324 0
File Size1.588 MB

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