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Staying safe—personal security technology and the Data Protection Act 1998

Staying safe—personal security technology and the Data Protection Act 1998
Published on: 26 January 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Staying safe—personal security technology and the Data Protection Act 1998
  • With security technology from fingerprint scanner to surveillance cameras now being used in private, could there be any legal concerns?
  • What about data protection issues if all the information collected through these devices is stored by and available to private persons?
  • What are the rights of neighbours or visitors who are within the operating field of a camera or in any other way affected by security technology that collects data?
  • How well are the current legal frameworks equipped to deal with these new technologies and the new problems arising?
  • What are the trends in this area and do you have any predictions for the future?

Article summary

IP & IT analysis: Sales in personal security devices are growing apace, but are users sufficiently aware of the implications of these technologies in terms of data protection? Hazel Grant, partner and head of the privacy and information group at Fieldfisher, alongside Amy Lambert, solicitor, and Fiona Morris, trainee solicitor, explain the legal framework surrounding their use and identify a worrying lack of knowledge among the general public. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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