Surveillance: Aircraft

Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the potential need for a separate national policy on the collection, use and retention of data gathered by unmanned or other surveillance aircraft operating in the UK.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

None. Existing regulation and guidance, which includes the surveillance camera code of practice issued under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, applies to the use of aircraft including remotely piloted aerial vehicles. The code provides a framework of good practice for surveillance camera operators in England and Wales and sets out obligations arising from other legislation, including those for the processing of personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998. Any covert surveillance undertaken by a public authority which is likely to obtain private information would be subject to authorisation under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

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