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Using Overt Video Surveillance in Washington

Adapted from guidance published by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

Installing surveillance equipment may seem like a logical decision for your organization, but collection and use of personal information through video surveillance may violate privacy law and could lead to other costly liabilities.

  • Identify and document the purpose that may be served by surveillance

  • Limit the time your surveillance is active, for example:

  • Avoid unintended subjects

  • Draft and adopt an organizational policy that addresses:

  • Limit access

  • Storage and destruction

  • Camera Accountability


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The Office of Privacy and Data Protection announces beta testing of “Privacy Modeling,” a new web application that identifies the privacy laws relevant to the product or service you wish to create.

Go to Privacy Modelling App

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