Friday, May 20, 2011

Surveillance Code of Conduct

As previously stated, the new Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 which came into effect on 01 April now allows for Private Investigators to photograph or video subjects of surveillance, in accordance with a Code of Conduct

In essence, this Code of Conduct does not allow for surveillance devices to be used if the subject is in a private dwelling (unless every lawful occupier has consented). However, if in or on private property, there is no restriction as long as the subject is visible without the aid of any device (including binoculars). 

In practical terms, this means that if the subject is inside their (or someone else's) residence, the use of surveillance equipment is generally not permissable. However, once outside the dwelling - even if still on private property - as long as they are clearly visible to the surveillance operator, surveillance equipment including cameras, may be employed.