Podcast: Behind The Lens

Hosted by Joe Kirk, Jasmine Harrison, Phil Brining

The Importance of Data Protection: Understanding CCTV and the Legalities Surrounding Ring Doorbells

Data protection has become an increasingly important topic in today’s digital age. With the rise of technology such as CCTV, Ring Doorbells, drones, and GoPros, questions have arisen about the legalities surrounding these devices and their potential impact on privacy.

In a recent podcast discussion, hosts Jasmine Harrison, Phil Brining, and Joe Kirk delved into the topic of CCTV and why people are sensitive to the issue, particularly in public settings. They also questioned whether the definition of CCTV is still relevant in today’s society and whether devices such as Ring Doorbells should be classified as CCTV.

The panel addressed a customer question regarding complaints about Ring Doorbells, particularly in flats where sound recordings could capture private conversations. The panel considered whether Ring Doorbells are intrusive and their typical range. They also explored the law and data protection, referencing guidance from the ICO which states that the use of recording equipment outside a property boundary is not a breach of data protection law.  The podcast discussed whether it was right for the guidance to seemingly limit the applicability of the GDPR based on property boundaries rather than intent and purpose.

The panel also considered who would be considered the data controller for the footage recorded by such devices and whether companies such as Google, who host the footage, could be considered data processors. The discussion explored the benefits of forcing users of these systems to comply with GDPR and who would ultimately benefit from this.

The importance of data protection was further emphasized in the podcast through a discussion of recent data breaches and ICO enforcements. The hosts highlighted some real-life examples of data protection failures and the consequences faced by the affected companies. This emphasized the need for proper data protection measures to be implemented.

The podcast has a wide reach and is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and 14 other platforms, making it accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The hosts emphasized the importance of regular learning and staying up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in data protection.

The hosts’ aim for the podcast is to make data protection easy to understand and implement, focusing on specific areas such as GDPR, CCPA, and HIPAA. They do not overcomplicate and attempt to make data protection simple and easy to understand.  Data Protection People pride themselves on the free-roaming conversational approach to their podcasts and not allowing selling on their sessions. The hosts prioritize the listeners’ learning experience and provide actionable tips and recommendations.

The podcast has just under 1200 subscribers and over 100 episodes, each covering a different topic. The hosts are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment and are always looking to grow their community and collaborate with new speakers.

In conclusion, data protection is an essential topic that everyone should be aware of. The rise of technology has raised questions about the legalities surrounding devices such as CCTV and Ring Doorbells. The podcast discussion provided valuable insights into these topics, as well as real-life examples of data protection failures. The hosts’ commitment to making data protection easy to understand and implement makes the podcast a valuable resource for anyone seeking to learn more about this important topic.