CCTV cameras (FOI)
CCTV cameras (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 17 April 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
I want to know the following in relation to CCTV Cameras and recording systems in operation island wide.
The CCTV cameras in question can be seen at Charring Cross, St Helier and next to the Tenby in St Aubin as examples. They are 360 degree cameras with dual sensors visible from the street.
Who operates the CCTV camera system?
Where is the data stored?
Where is the data processed?
How long is data stored for?
What encryption protocol(s) are used during data transmission from the camera itself to the data centre(s) for example TLS?
What law and or jurisdiction does the operation of these cameras fall under?
Who manufactured the cameras and where were they manufactured?
What is the definition of these cameras (for example 1080p or 4k)?
Are these cameras equipped to handle facial recognition technology (and if so, has facial recognition ever been used in relation to the general public)?
Who has access to view, monitor and direct these cameras?
What safeguards are in place (policies) to ensure safe operation of these devices by operators (people working on behalf of the corporation that purchased the devices)?
When were the physical cameras associated with the CCTV system installed?
Who installed the cameras (company name)?
Are the cameras equipped with any 4G, 5G or 6G transponders or receivers?
A, D, F, J and K
Please refer to the States of Jersey Police External CCTV Network Policy. Please see redacted copy below. Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has been applied.
External CCTV Network Policy_Redacted.pdf
The data is stored in Jersey.
The data is processed in Jersey.
E, G, H, M, and N
This information has been withheld under Article 42 (a) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011. Article 42 (a) is a qualified exemption and the balancing test for this is below.
The cameras are not enabled to handle facial recognition technology as licences for this have not been purchased.
Various dates. There is an ongoing program to update them.
Article 25 - Personal information
(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.
(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –
(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and
(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.
Article 42 - Law enforcement
Information is qualified exempt information if its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice –
(a) the prevention, detection or investigation of crime, whether in Jersey or elsewhere;
Public Interest Test
Details of the system, including security arrangements, capability, manufacturer, specifications and supplier could cause a compromise of the system from person or persons with criminal or malicious intent. This places the community at increased unnecessary risk of harm.
Factors favouring disclosure
- There is a legitimate public interest in the public being satisfied that the police force has an up-to-date and well-maintained CCTV network.
Factors favouring non-disclosure
- Disclosing information that includes details of security arrangements, capability, manufacturer and specifications would allow person or persons with malicious intent to research methods to undermine the network. The release of this information could therefore provide a tactical advantage to offenders, leading to the loss of evidence, and which could negatively impact public safety and undermine the policing purpose.
- It is not in the public interest for law enforcement tactics and operational capability to be compromised by the disclosure of security arrangements, capability, manufacturer and specifications of the CCTV network.