The government has issued a new set of guidelines for the manufacture of security cameras and microphones in the UK and will issue a further set of instructions next week.
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has issued guidance for manufacturers on how to design their cameras and what type of sensors are required.
A total of 10 types of cameras and four types of microphones are now covered in the guidance, the Government said.
These include cameras that capture video, microphones that can capture audio, cameras that can record images and microphones that record voice.
The new guidance, which will be published in the Federal Register, outlines the different requirements for different types of security camera and microphone, including how long the cameras should be kept at arm’s length, whether they should be fitted with a microphone, whether their output must be controlled and how much noise can be recorded.
GCHQ said the guidance would help manufacturers make the most of the opportunities available for security cameras in the future.
“As manufacturers, we will need to consider whether the potential security risks are real, and will have to take into account the cost, the cost of maintenance and the impact on the lives of those who use the camera,” a GCHQ spokesperson said.
The guidance said it was important to ensure the camera’s recording quality is as good as possible and that it was possible to install and operate the device in a secure environment, as well as recording footage.
The guidance also advised manufacturers to ensure that the cameras have the necessary processing capability and that the devices are protected from the elements.”GCHQ is pleased to have published the new guidance which will help manufacturers in their decision making process on the use of these types of devices and the need to ensure they are able to comply with the requirements of the legislation and regulations in place,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.
“We hope that this guidance will encourage manufacturers to look at the use cases and use cases for these devices as well.”