Q546: Can you tell me about installing CCTV at my house and what to do if a neighbour has got CCTV installed and one of the cameras points at my property?
Many people are installing CCTV in their properties as a home security measure as it has proved to be an effective tool in fighting crime. Where CCTV is in operation and it only captures your home and garden then it will not be covered by the Data Protection Act 1998. However, if it captures any images outside the confines of your household, such as the street or other houses, then the images will be subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.
Steps should be taken to ensure the CCTV is positioned correctly to avoid complaints or in some cases, accusations of violation of privacy or harassment. Additionally, there should clear notices to explain that the camera is in use.
In the first instance, it would be advisable to speak to your neighbour to see if it is possible to move the camera so that it does not point at your property. If this is not possible and you want to take further action you would need to seek legal advice from a solicitor.
See the links to websites in 'related information' for more details on CCTV cameras on residential property.