Q591: Are shops and leisure centres etc allowed to put CCTV camera in the changing rooms?

CCTV cameras may be used for a number of purposes including:

  • The prevention, detection and investigation of crime;
  • Apprehension and / or prosecution of offenders (including images being entered as evidence in criminal proceedings)
  • Public and employee safety; and
  • Staff discipline.

If cameras are used then the shop/business must display a sign informing members of the public that cameras are in use, allowing an informed decision.

Organisations must comply with a Code of Practice which restricts the use of the data obtained. If you feel that your rights have been violated, then you need to make a complaint to the manager of the organisation or the Information Commissioner (see link in related information for more about Information Commissioner).

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