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ICO and Surveillance Camera Commissioner sign MoU

Matteo Natalucci Published 06 September 2017

The MoU sets out a cooperation framework and practical working arrangements between the two agencies over the collection and manipulation of personal data


Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner and Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, have published a revised memorandum of understanding (MoU) about how they will work together. 

The MoU constitutes a statement of intent that aims to clarify the two agencies' roles and responsibilities in relation to the protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. The agreement covers the public’s privacy, the protection of their personal information and also the public interest which arises when balancing those considerations against a legitimate duty to protect communities.

The MoU set out a framework for co-operation, co-ordination and information sharing between the two agencies in connection with their sharing of relevant information and the delivery of their statutory functions.

Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, said, "It sets out the roles of each of our offices and practical working level arrangements between us. Given the way that surveillance cameras can now collect and manipulate personal data it’s extremely important that we have a framework in place to bolster our excellent working relationship. With the changes in data protection legislation coming in next year this is something that is very much in the public interest."

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