Fraser Sampson used the first edition of his newsletter as UK Commissioner for Biometrics and Surveillance Cameras to congratulate public and private entities that have achieved certification for their compliance with the country’s code of best practices for video surveillance .
In his first public update since his appointment as the Biometric Watchdog in March, Sampson reviews his law enforcement and public safety background in the update, and outlines plans to meet the experts who contributed to the national surveillance camera strategy written by its predecessor. Tony Porter, having previously met Porter himself.
The update also applauds the efforts of 18 organizations that have been found to be compliant with the 12 principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice as part of its third-party certification program. Most of them are public boards, although several are businesses. There are now 103 organizations certified under the program.
Sampson notes his April response to the conclusions of Transport for London’s consultation on the use of CCTV cameras in taxis, in which he emphasizes the role and importance of the CCTV code. He also highlighted the sensitivity of recording audio data in public places, noting that although voice recordings are not expressly included in most definitions of biometric data, their relevance needs to be carefully considered.
Sampson will speak on the future prospects of biometrics and digital identity in the UK at the upcoming Westminster electronic forum on the subject.
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