Can my neighbour have CCTV pointing at my house?

CCTV systems can provide significant security protection for homeowners. They provide continual monitoring, with contemporary systems able to provide remote access anywhere on the planet. They provide enhanced security, particularly when used in conjunction with other security measures such as burglar alarms and automated gates. The increased presence of CCTV across domestic settings has raised some concerns about privacy, with fears that neighbours may find themselves being monitored by CCTV systems on neighbouring properties. What are the regulations regarding CCTV installation, can my neighbour have CCTV pointing at my house UK and what rights do you have to access a neighbour’s CCTV footage?

Do you have to display signs if you have CCTV?

It is a legal requirement for individuals and businesses using CCTV in the UK to adhere to the principles of the Data Protection Act 2018. This means that individuals, including neighbours, have a right to be informed when CCTV is in operation. In practice, this will mean displaying clear and visible signs that indicate the presence of surveillance cameras. Signs should be easily noticeable and should contain information about the organisation responsible for the CCTV system.

As well as ensuring property owners are compliant with privacy regulations, CCTV signage in itself can act as a deterrent to opportunistic criminals.

Can a neighbour have a camera pointed at my house UK?

Homeowners in the UK do not have an automatic right to put a CCTV camera on their property that points directly at a neighbouring property. A range of factors will determine if a CCTV installation is legal. The first to consider are UK privacy laws that stipulate that individuals should not be monitored in a way that violates their right to personal privacy.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) states that any individual or organisation that uses CCTV should respect the privacy of others and avoid capturing footage from beyond the boundaries of their property wherever possible. If a neighbour’s CCTV is pointing directly at your home, it might be considered an invasion of privacy. A camera pointing directly at your property where there is no clear reason for it might raise concerns about the intention behind the installed surveillance.

If cameras are installed that capture images of you or your property without your permission it could constitute a breach of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and may have potential legal consequences.

What can I do if my neighbour has a camera pointed at my house?

If you find that a neighbour’s CCTV is directed at your property, your first step should be to communicate your concerns to them. This should be done diplomatically, expressing your concerns about privacy and finding out more about the purpose of the surveillance. In many cases, a neighbour may not be aware that the angle of the camera extends to your property.

If this doesn’t resolve the issues, approach a legal representative who will be able to provide advice and guidance about how to proceed. Often, homeowners may be unaware of the specific regulations regarding CCTV surveillance and will modify their CCTV system accordingly once these are pointed out to them. Only in rare cases will further legal action usually be required.

Can you complain about a neighbour’s CCTV?

If you have any concerns about a neighbour’s CCTV violating your right to privacy, then you should firstly talk to your neighbour. They may explain why the CCTV surveillance appears to cover your property and be willing to show you some of the footage it has recorded. If there is a clear violation of your right to privacy and the neighbour is unwilling to make changes to their CCTV surveillance nor provide valid reasons why part of your premises need to be monitored, you should seek further legal advice.

Can I request my neighbour’s CCTV footage?

Under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and The DPA (Data Protection Act) if the CCTV that’s captured falls outside of a neighbour’s property boundaries they become a data controller.

This means you have the right to request to see a neighbour’s CCTV footage. If the neighbour refuses you can make a formal subject access request. You also have the right to ask for footage to be deleted, but this can be denied if the footage is needed for an investigation into a crime such as a burglary. You can also request that no further footage of your premises is captured, but this may be denied if the neighbour can provide a valid reason why it’s necessary, such as shared access or a blind spot.

CCTV Systems and advice from Protive Security & Surveillance

If you’re considering a CCTV system for your business or domestic premises, then Protive Security & Surveillance can help. Our team takes time to find out about your security needs and can design, install and maintain the optimum system for your requirements.

We ensure that your CCTV installation meets all of the relevant requirements, respects the privacy of neighbouring properties while providing comprehensive coverage. We also provide CCTV instillation in Liverpool and Manchester

 Contact us to find out more about CCTV and how it can enhance your security.