A bizarre news story is doing the rounds, although it hasn’t, as far as I can see, hit anything other than specialist media. An example is here, but all the stories contain similar wording, strongly suggesting that they have picked up on and reported on a press release from the company (“Secure Redact”) that undertook the research behind the story.
We are told that
research reveals that 43% of UK retailers reported that they had been fined for a violation of video surveillance GDPR legislation…Of these retailers, 37% reported paying an equivalent of 2% of their annual turnover, 30% said the fine amounted to 3% of annual turnover, and 15% said the fine was 45% [sic] of annual turnover…A staggering 33% of those fined also had to close stores as a result of enforcement action
The research was apparently based on a survey of 500 respondents in retail businesses (50% in businesses with less than 250 employees, 50% in businesses with more than 250).
What is distinctly odd about this is that since GDPR has been in force in the UK, including since it has become – post-Brexit – UK GDPR, there has been a sum total of zero fines imposed by the Information Commissioner in respect of CCTV. 43% of retail businesses have not been fined for CCTV infringements – 0% have.
You can check here (direct link to .csv file) if you doubt me.
It’s difficult to understand what has gone wrong here: maybe the survey questions weren’t clear enough for the respondents or maybe the researchers misinterpreted the data.
Whatever the reasons behind the stories, those in the retail sector – whilst they should certainly ensure they install and operate CCTV in compliance with GDPR/UK GDPR – should not be alarmed that there is a massive wave of enforcement action on the subject which threatens to put some of them out of business.
Because there isn’t.
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