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GDPR technology partnership

The management software firm Wavestore, and analytics developer Facit Data Systems, have formed a technology partnership. It’s to help users comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when managing their surveillance system.

The GDPR stipulates any person whose image is recorded on a video surveillance system has a right to seek and be supplied with a copy of their own personal data from the footage. However, the firms add, identity of any other individuals who also feature in any part of that footage need to be protected when the recording is shared with a third party.

The partnership will see Facit working with Wavestore to promote Facit’s proprietary video redaction software, Identity Cloak, alongside Wavestore’s Video Management Software (VMS). According to the analytics firm, its Identity Cloak turns high-risk data to the low-risk category, allowing operators to see what is happening in exported video footage without violating privacy. It does so by blurring out the faces of people captured on video in a dynamic way, allowing persons of interest to be selected and made visible whilst everybody else remains blurred throughout the entire video clip.

Relevant video can be exported from Wavestore into Identity Cloak and a GDPR compliant video clip made available in a fraction of the time it takes using other methods, it’s claimed.

Enrico Bizzaro, Head of Integrations for Wavestore, said: “Our VMS is extremely user-friendly in terms of helping clients comply with GDPR. Identity Cloak complements the privacy features of our VMS and will ensure our clients are able to achieve maximum benefit from their video surveillance systems, without being in danger of breaching the new regulation.”

And Facit Data Systems Managing Director Waqas Hassan said: “We believe the combination of Identity Cloak and the Wavestore VMS will allow a significant reduction in risk and exposure to the requirements of all organisations utilising video in their environment for their GDPR compliance. Having now a full redaction function to complement the existing Wavestore VMS features will be extremely helpful.”

Besides incident search and GDPR compliant export with Facit, Wavestore’s VMS features the ability to set limits on video storage duration so not to retain video longer than intended; user privilege separation, including user-privilege enabled privacy zones; and the option to ‘lock’ recordings to prevent overwriting during investigations.


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