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Sampson highlights the need to prioritise Human Rights

by Geny Caloisi

Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition, happening in Bristol next week, on Tuesday 19th October, will have a keynote from, the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

Samson will call upon local authorities to prioritise human rights when investing taxpayers money into new CCTV equipment. 

The Commissioner will use the platform to urge procurement processes to give equal attention to human rights and the assurance of ethical supply chain and costs. Fraser Sampson states: “Some of the camera systems being made available from outside the United Kingdom are highly competitive and cost-effective and are therefore attractive at both local and national government level.” He adds: “It is unsurprising that some of the surveillance camera systems attracting attention are becoming popular with public services as they will probably excel in meeting the relevant criteria in the procurement scoring process.”

The Commissioner continues: “Direct corporate complicity in the furtherance of human rights abuses in the specific context of surveillance camera technology has been raised directly by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.” He adds: “It is clear that operators and purchasers of such systems need direction and guidance.” Citing a tryptic approach to CCTV the use and deployment of CCTV equipment, the Commissioner recommends asking if it is technologically possible? Is it legally permissible? And is it societally acceptable?

Managing Director of Global MSC Security, Derek Maltby, comments: “Many local authorities we work with seek advice as to the most cost-effective camera systems to purchase with taxpayers money, but which are also socially acceptable having regard to human rights and cyber security. Guidance and leadership from the Biometric and Surveillance Camera Commissioner will provide the direction needed.”

The event is sponsored by Genetec, Synectics, Bosch, 360 Vision, Milestone and DSSL Group, with the International Security Journal and Security Journal UK as Media Partners. The chosen charity for this year is Meningitis Now.

The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition takes place on Tuesday 19th October 2021 at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol City Centre, from 9 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. 

To register click www.globalmsc.net/seminars