Body-Cam News­blog

Body cam and data pro­tec­tion — do they go together?

2. Sep­tem­ber 2020

Body-Cam und Datenschutz
Data pro­tec­tion is essen­ti­al and should be trea­ted with the hig­hest prio­ri­ty by every body cam pro­vi­der. Net­Co Pro­fes­sio­nal Ser­vices GmbH has made it its busi­ness to pro­vi­de you with all-round sup­port for your body-cam pro­ject as “your body-cam part­ner” — which is why we do not lea­ve you alo­ne when it comes to data pro­tec­tion and pro­vi­de you with GDPR-com­pli­ant solu­ti­ons. But data pro­tec­tion does not only play a role in data trans­fer, the­re are also some rules to be obser­ved when using the body cam. 

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.