Public space CCTV: research findings

This report presents findings from a mixed methods research project commissioned to better understand the provision and use of public space CCTV in Scotland.

Annex A: List of Acronyms

4G (4th generation Mobile Communication Standard)

5G (5th generation Mobile Communication Standard)

AI (Artificial Intelligence)

ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition)

ASB (Antisocial Behaviour)

BSCC (Biometric and Surveillance Camera Commissioner)

BWV (Body Worn Video)

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television)

CoP (Community of Practice)

COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service)

DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government)

DKK (Danish Kroner)

DPA (Data Protection Act)

DS (Denmark Statistics)

DWP (Department of Work and Pension)

EU (European Union)

FOI (Freedom of Information)

FRT (Facial Recognition Technology)

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

HMRC (His/her Majesty Revenue Customs)

ICO (Information Commissioner office)

LA (Local Authorities)

LALO (Local Authority Liaison Officer)

NRS (National Records of Scotland)

ONS (Office for National Statistics)

POLCAM (Danish Police Camera Register)

PS (Police Scotland)

RAG (Research Advisory Group)

RIPSA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act)

SCSN (Scottish Community Safety Network)

SIA (Security Industry Authority)

UK (United Kingdom)

1 Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act 2020

2 Given the requirement of anonymity, the areas involved cannot be identified.

3 Referring, here, to an administrative arrangement in which funding or oversight is divested to a third party, but with a degree of control still exerted.

4 Respondents were asked to rank up to five options out of nine provided answers (including ‘other’) in order from one to five, with one representing the most significant challenge.

5 Question total does not sum to the total number of respondents due to multiple answers being selected.

6 ‘Regulations and standards mentioned under ‘other’ includes local operational standards, maintenance and installation standards, and compliant policies for specific settings e.g. nurseries

7 Respondents were asked to rank up to five options.

8 Information Commissioner’s Office- Scotland

9 Information Commissioner’s Office – CCTV and video surveillance

10 Security Industry Authority license holders

11 The current funding landscape for public space CCTV in Scotland is approved via the Partnerships Preventions Committee and Wellbeing Division of Police Scotland. This division was created in 2021 and acts as the conduit between Local Authorities and the Scottish Government for CCTV funding and investment with the responsibility of authorising payments.



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