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CCTV User Group conference

September is a new month for the annual conference of the CCTV User Group, incorporating the National Association of Surveillance Camera Managers (NASCAM). Titled ‘the changing face of surveillance’, it’s running from September 3 to 5, at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, Northamptonshire,

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC), Tony Porter, is to be the keynote speaker; followed by Anne Russel from the UK data protection regulator the ICO, giving attenders the chance to hear and ask the latest about the European Union-wide general data protection regulation (GDPR) that came into force last month and the new Data Protection Act, and what that means for public space surveillance.

The information security awareness consultant and trainer Mike Gillespie from Advent-IM will talk about network security and cyber-physical threats to CCTV systems; and an academic view will come from Dr Emmeline Taylor, City, University of London – Senior Lecturer in Criminology. She is author of Surveillance Schools (Palgrave, 2013). See review on the ‘reviews‘ part of the Professional Security magazine website.

Peter Webster, director of the User Group and NASCAM, said workshop sessions were planned on the new Buyer’s Toolkit (just launched by the SCC, as a guide for the non-expert who is thinking about buying a surveillance camera system), GDPR, automatic facial recognition, and support for newcomers to CCTV. And like past User Group conferences, there’ll be ample time for networking and catching up with people in the CCTV world, and attenders can play golf make use of what else is on offer at Whittlebury Hall.

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Picture by Mark Rowe; public space camera, Harrogate.


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