Are vehicle camera systems GDPR compliant?
The simple answer is that digital recording equipment cannot in itself ‘comply’ with GDPR legislation. GDPR relates to how data is handled – not the hardware recording that data. It’s important, however, that the hardware and related software offer features and benefits that will enable the operator to keep data secure.
For example, Brigade’s MDR-50X series digital recorder has new admin isolation rights, ensuring that operators can restrict access to data. This model also has a non-visible watermark so that tampered files will not play, alongside password-protected software and a lockable hard drive.
There are various measures that operators must take to ensure full compliance with privacy legislation. These include:
- Wiping data after a specified amount of time
- Registering with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and informing them within 72 hours of any privacy breach
- Placing stickers inside a cab and externally on the vehicle to warn drivers, passengers and the public that CCTV equipment is in operation.
- For a detailed explanation download our GDPR guide. You can also read the government’s official advice on ‘Data protection and your business’.
What are the benefits of capturing footage from vehicle-mounted cameras?
There are so many positive benefits to mobile digital recording. These include:
- Providing irrefutable evidence in the event of an accident
- Exposing crash for cash scams and other fraudulent claims
- Deterring vandalism or theft from a vehicle
- Encouraging improved driver behaviour
- Ultimately offering greater long-term efficiency and operating costs
- Brigade’s new 500 series mobile digital recorders include models with WiFi and/or 4G connectivity capability, allowing data to be accessed remotely. This can save countless man hours and ensure a swift response in the event of a collision or insurance claim.
Need advice on truck camera recording systems?
As the use of vehicle CCTV becomes ever more prevalent, it’s vital that hauliers, fleet managers and operators understand the exact requirements of privacy laws. The financial penalties for non-compliance are considerable – up to £17m, or 4% of annual turnover, whichever is higher.
Here at PB Auto Electrics, we’re not only able to supply and fit our Brigades market-leading products, we can also offer trusted advice based on our deep knowledge and understanding of the commercial vehicle industry.