Body cam and data protection — do they go together?
2. September 2020
What do you have to pay attention to from a data protection perspective when using a body cam?
Body cams may only be switched on if conflicts come to a head and there is a risk of danger to the wearer or persons involved. It is important that all persons being filmed are informed about the body-cam recording. The body cam announces the start of the recording with a warning tone and the LED lamp lighting up — this ensures that all those involved can clearly see that the body cam is now documenting the situation.
In some situations, the security staff cannot yet assess whether a conflictual situation is about to occur or not, which is why image recordings can also be saved with the body cam. These are used for prevention and initial warnings. Depending on the situation, so-called pre-recording can also be used: Body-cam recordings can be saved up to two minutes before the start of each recording. In the case of sudden conflict situations, valuable material is saved before the actual recording begins. If the situation calms down again and the body-cam material is not needed, the pre-recording is automatically discarded.
If a conflict continues for a longer period of time and cannot be de-escalated by using the body cam — which can happen with people who are drunk — the small camera is used to preserve evidence. Here, sound recordings are particularly important, which can later be used in court.
Taking into account data protection regulations, we can make individual image and sound settings on the body cam for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us!
Whatever type of recording is used, there is one golden rule to follow: Uninvolved third parties must not be recorded.
What settings ensure data security on the body cam and in NetCo Suite?
After a recording has been made, the material is watermarked and directly encrypted on the body cam. This makes it impossible to access the data via the camera. In addition, the entire material is tamper-proof due to the inclusion of metadata (user, location, date/time).
The export of the body cam recordings to a server is encrypted via a secure channel. After the transfer, all recordings are automatically deleted from the body cam.
Body cam recordings can only be viewed in NetCo Suite if you have the corresponding authorisation. In each company or authority, only a certain group of people is defined who have access to the body-cam material. This is to ensure that the recordings are only seen by as many people as necessary. An encrypted export and thus the viewing of the data is possible via the NetCo Media Player included in the NetCo Suite. The unbroken chain of encryption rules out manipulation of the material and data leaks. In addition, each body-cam recording has fixed deletion deadlines that our software solution automatically adheres to.