Vehicle cameras and GDPR – stay on the right side of the law

When new privacy rules were introduced across the EU in May 2018 – the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – there was much debate among commercial vehicle operators around the subject of on-board CCTV.

Concerns were expressed that the act of recording video footage during journeys (and when a vehicle is parked) might be a breach of GDPR. Information in the media was patchy and sometimes misleading.

We’ve worked hard over recent months to reassure our customers of the facts around GDPR and CCTV, and as the new laws have come into force, we’re pleased to report that the system is working well. Our downloadable guide to GDPR and Vehicle Recording gives clear and practical advice on the steps needed to ensure full compliance with legislation.

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 Brigade Electronics, we’re not only able to supply and fit our market-leading products, we can also offer trusted advice based on our deep knowledge and understanding of the commercial vehicle industry.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.