Guidelines on video surveillance and privacy

When a video surveillance system is installed it is important to pay attention to what the law says about privacy. The Guarantor for Privacy issued a decision dated April 8, 2010, which sets out the guidelines on video surveillance systems by referring to the Privacy Code (D.Lgs. 196/2003).

According to Italian law, it is essential to protect private property and the safety of people. This principle is also reflected in the installation of video surveillance systems. On the one hand, it is necessary to respect the interests of private property protection and on the other subjects potentially taken up by the cameras installed on the perimeter of the home.

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Installing video surveillance systems respecting privacy

There must be two aspects in the installation of a video surveillance system: one technician and one who is concerned with privacy. As far as the technical aspect is concerned, video surveillance systems can be cable and wireless.

In the case of cable systems it is important to know the materials needed:

In the case of wireless systems, the materials concerned are:

  • 3V and 3.6V lithium batteries for wireless systems
  • Wireless video surveillance system
  • Cameras

Regarding the legal aspect of privacy, the Guarantor has legitimized the following actions always and in accordance with Legislative Decree 196/2003:

  • Filming of access to private property when the latter also concerns areas of exclusive relevance to the same property
  • Private area shooting and publicity in case cameras are limited to resuming the outer perimeter of the property under surveillance
  • Information signs “area subjected to video surveillance” illuminated during night time and easily visible by passers-by
  • Preservation of images no later than 24 hours after shooting.

For more technical and privacy information, Elan Customer Service is available.