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Q: Domestic Use of CCTV ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Domestic Use of CCTV
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: damy25-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 13 Mar 2006 11:36 PST
Expires: 12 Apr 2006 12:36 PDT
Question ID: 706825
I want to know what is the law in Ieland on domestiic use of CCTV,
i.e. are you allowed have cctv on your private property for security
or otherwise?  Can anybody make you take it down?

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 13 Mar 2006 12:02 PST
Just to be sure - you mean IRELAND, not Iceland, or any other country
that could fit your typo?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 13 Mar 2006 12:06 PST

Not sure if you're asking about Ireland or Iceland?

But in general, CCTV is widely accepted and permissible.  

There are limits, though.  If it's being used intrusively -- say, to
keep an eye on patrons in dressing rooms in a store -- then its value
for security purposes encroaches on people's expectation of privacy.

Please clarify the country you're asking about.  And if you can let us
know a bit more of the circumstances, that would help.


Clarification of Question by damy25-ga on 13 Mar 2006 15:21 PST
Apologies I was asking about Ireland.  The cameras are for security
purposes on a private property in Kildare in Ireland.  The neighbours
have had Kildare County Council issue an enforcement notice to remove
the cameras, although I am of the understanding that I am entitled to
have cctv for security purposes.  I just don't know where it is stated
that I can have these cameras.  The Cameras take in my property only

Clarification of Question by damy25-ga on 13 Mar 2006 15:25 PST
The cameras do take in the boundary wall as I live in an estate.  They
take in part of the garage door of the other neighbour but is in mo
way intrusive.
Subject: Re: Domestic Use of CCTV
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 09 Apr 2006 03:43 PDT
Hi damy25,

I suspect that your neighbors are upset that the camera is recording
activity on their property, and they are legally able to demand you to
stop. Have you ignored requests to move the CCTV so it does not record
your neighbors? No matter how small of an area, you may not record
onto their property if they don't want you to.

These links should help...


This document was linked from a site in Ireland:

Siting the Cameras  (this whole thing is excellent, not just this part)
It is essential that the location of the equipment is carefully
considered, because the way in which images are captured will need to
comply with the First Data Protection Principle.  Detailed guidance on
the interpretation of the First Data Protection Principle is provided
in Part II, but the standards to be met under this Code of Practice
are set out below.

1.	The equipment should be sited in such a way that it only monitors
those spaces which are intended to be covered by the equipment (First
and Third Data Protection Principles).

2.	If domestic areas such as gardens or areas not intended to be
covered by the scheme border those spaces which are intended to be
covered by the equipment, then the user should consult with the owners
of such spaces if images from those spaces might be recorded.  In the
case of back gardens, this would be the resident of the property
overlooked  (First and Third Data Protection Principles).

CCTV Guidance
..."There has been a recent court of appeal case (Durant vs  FSA)
which will affect whether particular CCTV activities are covered by
the Data Protection Act 1998. This guidance seeks to interpret the
judgment for CCTV users. It is particularly aimed at helping users of
basic CCTV systems such as small businesses. Anyone accessing the CCTV
small user checklist or CCTV code of practice should read this
guidance first..."

CLICK THESE LINKS at the link above for more information/;

CCTV Guidance and the Data Protection Act Good Practice Note
CCTV Data Protection Codes of Practice 
CCTV Small User Checklist 

Your Legal Obligations
Legal obligations are imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998 

Complete Audit Guide help you determine how well you comply with the Data Protection principles.

Hope this helps, if you'd like more links to peruse, please use the
clarification feature.


Search terms used at Google: 
Ireland CCTV regulations OR law
Subject: Re: Domestic Use of CCTV
From: answerfinder-ga on 14 Mar 2006 01:05 PST
I have only been able to find the following law on CCTV in the
domestic environment. There is unlikely to be a law to state what you
can do, more as to what you cannot do.
Perhaps the enforcement notice is to do with planning regulations?

Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003 
Domestic use of CCTV systems.

?The processing of personal data kept by an individual and concerned
solely with the management of his/her personal, family or household
affairs or kept by an individual for recreational purposes is exempt
from the provisions of the Acts. This exemption would generally apply
to the use of CCTVs in a domestic environment. However, the exemption
may not apply if the occupant works from home.?

Discussion document

Why not call a firm which installs cameras in the home to ask them? Here?s one.

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