On April 8th, 2016, the European Union (EU), adopted a new regulation called the “General Data Protection Regulation”, referred to simply as the “GDPR”. It replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and applies to all EU member countries without the need for national legislation.

Established in 1995, the Data Protection Directive was a big step towards protecting the personal information of EU residents. But because it wasn’t standardised across all member states, there were inconsistences that made it difficult for organisations operating across borders. The GDPR address these shortfalls by standardising the protection of data, regardless of location.
The upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come into force in May 2018 have caused immense confusion in the industry with regards to vehicle CCTV and recording.

Some customers, unsure of the new data protection legislation, have started specifying vehicle cameras that do not identify members of the public worried that this will be a breach of people’s privacy. This has not been helped by a small handful of vehicle CCTV manufacturers falsely claiming ‘their product is GDPR compliant’. Finally, information in the media has been general at best.