Lancashire police have confirmed by way of a Subject Access request, that a Lancashire police constable has covertly recorded a private meeting, both visually and audibly. This was without the knowledge or permission of any party present.
Principle 3 of the College of policing states;
The normal use of body-worn video will be overt. Chief officers must ensure that the capabilities of BWV equipment are clear to the public.
This includes its ability to capture audio as well as visual imagery. (BWV may be used in covert policing, subject to the relevant authorities).
Principle 4 of the College of policing states;
The operational use of body-worn video must be proportionate, legitimate and necessary. Compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and Surveillance Camera Code of Practice will ensure the use of BWV is always proportionate,
legitimate and necessary. Continuous, non-specific recording is not permitted.
This covert recording captured a legal representative who was also unaware he was being secretly recorded.
The ICO has been made aware for this.
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