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Important News for Owners of CCTV Systems

  • 11:55 am
  • This message has been sent by the Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association for the attention of owners of CCTV systems.


    Dear Coordinator,

    Are you aware, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice, the UK Information Commissioner (ICO) has ruled that household CCTV systems that film beyond the boundary of the property, such as the street, must now be registered?  The ICO has implemented this with an annual fee per household of £35 and details of households that register their systems will appear on a searchable Public Register.  For full details, go to the ICO website at:

    In one London Ward, household CCTV covering the street has been submitted to the Police and has directly led to over 100 arrests for burglary and other serious offences in the past 5 years.  As a result, a group of Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators in Hillingdon have started an on-line petition to encourage the ICO to waive the registration fee.  Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network has taken up the challenge and is inviting Coordinators across England and Wales to sign the petition.  Naturally, Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association supports this action.  The Petition can be found here:

    Kind regards,

    Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association

    [email protected]

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    by dave

United Kingdom Defamation Act Now in Force

  • 12:34 pm
  • The Defamation Act 2013, in force since 1 January 2014, reforms the law of defamation in the UK. The Act aims to balance the right to freedom of expression and people’s ability to protect their reputation. It introduces a new serious harm threshold, which is meant to discourage trivial claims that harm freedom of speech. The Defamation Act provides protection for those who are publishing material on a matter of public interest where they reasonably believe that publication is in the public interest.

    If individuals think an online statement is defamatory, they can  first try to resolve the dispute directly with the person who has posted the statement. This offers better protection for the operators of websites hosting user-generated content.

    The Defamation Act was given Royal Assent on 25 April 2013 and entered into force on 1 January 2014.


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    by Ron