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CCTV users could face tougher rules

Homeowners and tenants who use CCTV on their properties could face tougher rules following a surge in complaints, a surveillance watchdog said.

Surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter said the use of CCTV in domestic environments continues to grow as retailers sell systems for a little over £100.

But a surge in domestic use is also directly responsible for an increase in complaints around their use, Mr Porter said.

In his first annual report, he said: "The use of surveillance camera systems within domestic environments continues to grow.

"The cost of domestic CCTV systems is minimal as electrical retailers now sell HD domestic CCTV systems for a little over £100.

"This upsurge in domestic use is directly responsible for an increase in complaints around their use."

Mr Porter said he has powers to refer issues around CCTV use which require further regulation.

He said: "I intend to engage and issue guidance to manufacturers, retailers, installers and users to address core concerns.

"I cannot rule out making recommendations to Government if the growing uneasiness continues and guidance is seen as ineffective."

Elsewhere, Mr Porter flagged growing public concerns relating to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - also known as drones.

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