Facewatch and GDPR

GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018 and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) provides for UK derogations and rules in addition to GDPR.

The new legislation significantly increases the legal obligations on both data processors and data controllers with the aim of strengthening protection for all individuals within the EU, in particular to protect the use of their personal data. There are substantial fines in the event of non-compliance.

Facewatch was closely involved in discussions with the Government during the drafting of the new regulations relating to the use of Facial Recognition (Biometric Data) for crime prevention and as such was prepared well in advance of the deadline.

Because of our unique position as a national data controller and our strict deletion of data to protect privacy we anticipate being one of the very few private sector organisations able to satisfy the Substantial Public Interest test required in order to use facial recognition for crime prevention.

Facewatch and GDPR
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Our Role

We have a National Watchlist of Subjects of Interest of which we are the Data Controller. We create a personalised watchlist for every one of our customers properties individually, so that you don’t have to worry about the responsibility of taking the sharing decision.

Above all we carefully comply with the 6 guiding Principles set out in Article 5 of GDPR which in summary are:

Personal data shall be:

  1. processed lawfully, fairly and transparently;
  2. collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes;
  3. adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed;
  4. accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
  5. kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed;
  6. processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.

Over and above these Principles, because we are processing Special Category Data (Biometric Data which includes Facial Recognition algorithms), with our national footprint and expertise we are one of the very few organisations that can comply with the significant additional hurdles, including the Substantial Public Interest test, set for processing this data.

Our expertly trained staff and highly secure systems and processes back up our promise to ensure our compliance with the 6 principles so that you don’t need to worry.

Our Partners

We work with businesses and police forces across the country and have had 8 years of experience creating the relationships and our reputation for honesty and integrity.

We only allow installation of our Real Time Alerting product through Facewatch accredited CCTV installers using equipment that we have tested and vetted for reliability and security to ensure that you, our customers, have the best experience.

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What we ask of our customers

What We Ask Of Our Customers

We will ensure that once you have input your data to our system we will secure it and look after it in accordance with all legislation. In return we ask you to ensure that:

  • your business is appropriately registered with the ICO
  • you sign and adhere to our GDPR compliant legal agreement which sets out our respective responsibilities whereby you are acting as a data controller when inputting and using your data and we are acting as data controllers for the different services available in the system
  • you display our compliant signage when the Real Time Alerting product is installed
  • you ensure staff using the system on your behalf follow the common-sense rules set out in our User Terms of Use which they accept when registering.

If you have any questions relating to data protection please do not hesitate to contact our Data Protection Officer or his team by emailing: dpo@facewatch.co.uk.

Further Reading
Facewatch Privacy Notice
Data Protection Act 2018
ICO Guidance

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Why choose Facewatch?

Facewatch is a secure, cloud-based platform that uses Facial Recognition technology to proactively prevent, deter and protect businesses against theft.

  • Global IP

    Facewatch is trademarked globally in most major countries and has filed patents internationally, including in the USA.

  • Secured by Design

    Police Secured by Design and bank grade security.

  • GDPR

    Fully GDPR compliant.

  • Proven

    Trusted by police and businesses for over 8 years.

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