Code of practice for the deployment and use of Body Worn Video (BWV)

BS 8593:2017

Code of practice for the deployment and use of Body Worn Video (BWV)

Status : Current   Published : June 2017



What is this standard about?

Body Worn Video (BWV) incorporates a camera, a microphone and other technology which enables video and audio recordings to be made, stored and subsequently exported. 

BWV’s use has clear advantages, but there are also some challenges around privacy and data security, as well as operational deployment and technical capability. 

BWV is becoming a key technology in the UK video surveillance systems sector. To support its appropriate and proportionate use, this standard provides technical and operational recommendations on BWV’s use and deployment.

Who is this standard for?

  • Security companies and agencies
  • Building management companies
  • Entertainment venues
  • Local authorities
  • Those promoting compliance with any form of video surveillance system operation

Activities where BWV might be deployed include:

  • Emergency services’ response
  • Night-time economy operations (e.g. licensed premises)
  • Taxi marshalling
  • Warden schemes
  • Security guarding
  • Lone working
  • Parking enforcement
  • Door supervision

Why should you use this standard? 

The standard aims to help organizations deliver BWV operations that strike a balance between safety and security on the one hand, and the privacy of the people being recorded on the other. It:

  • Covers planning and operational recommendations
  • Explores device recommendations, such as functionality, weight, image quality, encryption and data management
  • Includes data management and security issues, including data integrity, audit trails, storage and sharing, and redaction
  • Addresses the training needs of suppliers’ staff, BWV users, data handlers and operators
  • Supplies good practice principles for the use and auditing of BWV

Standard NumberBS 8593:2017
TitleCode of practice for the deployment and use of Body Worn Video (BWV)
Publication Date13 June 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 60529:1992+A2:2013
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 8591:2014, BS 7958:2015, BS 5979:2007, BS ISO/IEC 27001:2013, BS ISO/IEC 27017:2015, ISO/IEC 18033-3:2010 Ed 2, BS EN 50518, BS 7499:2013, 2016/679/EU, Data Protection Act 1998
Draft Superseded By17/30345717 DC
DescriptorsEnclosures, Electrical equipment, Classification systems, Designations, Protective barriers, Safety devices, Electrical safety, Hazards, Marking, Clearances, Dust, Watertightness tests, Test equipment, Penetration tests
ISBN978 0 580 95103 9
File Size800 KB

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