Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Oxford University: Surveillance Camera Code Compliant
The University of Oxford has received the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s third-party certification mark.
The University of Oxford is a large, internationally-renowned academic institution recognised as the oldest in the English-speaking world. From an initial six cameras in 1990 to almost 200 cameras today, the university has sought to use its CCTV system to prevent and detect crime and support a safe environment for staff, students and visitors.
The importance of Certification
Earlier this year University of Oxford was awarded the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s certification mark after being audited against the 12 guiding principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. The code aims to balance the need for cameras in public places with individual’s right to privacy. The certification audit was conducted by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).
Lesley Nesbitt, Crime Prevention Design Advisor yesterday said:
Oxford University aspires to the highest standards of CCTV surveillance and the Commissioner’s certification provides confidence to the University staff, students and visitors that the deployment of our CCTV system is proportionate, effective, compliant with relevant legal obligations and importantly deployed to protect and support them.
University of Oxford is one of the largest employers in Oxfordshire and certification enables it to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and accountability to nearly 24,000 students and more than 13,000 employees. The University employs its own security team to provide 24/7 staffing for the security control room and undertake patrols of the academic and residential campus.
The university encourages visitors to enjoy the architectural splendor of its buildings, parks, gardens and green spaces including its many colleges, museums, and galleries, in a city that is small enough to explore on foot.
The University of Oxford Security Services team carries out an annual review of their CCTV cameras to ensure that each camera’s deployment is justified with a pressing need and legitimate reason, identifying cameras that can be removed and areas where new cameras should be deployed.
Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner yesterday said:
Oxford University is one of the most prestigious Universities in the world. It’s great that they are demonstrating to staff, students and the public their commitment to using surveillance cameras to the highest standards by achieving my certification mark.
Latest News from
Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Tin Lid Protection Ltd achieve third party certification24/05/2021 12:05:00
Tin Lid Protection (TLP) Ltd, drone security specialists, have achieved the Commissioner’s third party certification mark for their UAVs surveillance cameras.
Surveillance Camera Commissioner releases guidance for police on use of Live Facial Recognition03/12/2020 13:05:00
The guidance is for forces to follow when considering the deployment of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) surveillance camera technology.
Surveillance Camera Commissioner's statement: Court of Appeal judgment (R) Bridges v South Wales Police – Automated Facial Recognition12/08/2020 13:05:00
Surveillance Camera Commissioner response to court of appeal judgment on South Wales Police's use of automated facial recognition technology (11 August 2020).
Thanet District Council receive certification mark for CCTV, ANPR and body worn video17/04/2020 10:05:00
Thanet District Council are one of the first local authorities to get certification for CCTV, body worn video (BWV) and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) surveillance cameras.
Updated data protection impact assessment template and guidance launched18/03/2020 16:48:00
The SCC and ICO have updated the data protection impact assessment for surveillance cameras.
YMCA Bournemouth’s Chatterbox Project visit Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council CCTV control room24/02/2020 11:47:00
As part of the National Surveillance Camera Day 2019, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Community Safety Team invited the Chatterbox group to the CCTV control room based at Bournemouth Police Station.
Cyber secure: the benefits of secure by default08/10/2019 11:33:00
This case study looks at the benefits of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's secure by default self-certification.
Secure by design, secure by default: self-certification scheme launched20/06/2019 14:37:00
New requirements for manufacturers of surveillance camera systems and components.