One of our residents is concerned about CCTV cameras and filming children in the pool. Is it really an issue? – Marilyn, NSW

Q: We had CCTV security cameras installed last year at our strata property, which covers our entrance and swimming pool. These are located on common property, as we had a spate of car thefts and break-ins, not to mention non-residents using the pool. One of our residents is concerned about the cameras filming children using the pool (under 14 with adult). We feel these cameras are there for a security reason. Will this cause an issue?

A: Where there are CCTV cameras in place, it’s important there’s clear signage saying so. Because CCTV involves legal aspects of privacy, there are many laws to conform to. These are detailed on the Australian Government’s Office of the Australian Information Commissioner webpage – click here to have a read. This webpage will help you find more specific details about which laws cover a surveillance device, including a residential security camera like the one mentioned, and where you can get help with a dispute.

We suggest you have a procedure in place regarding how footage is used, stored, etc. To reassure the owners and the committee, it may be prudent to get legal advice to ensure the placement of the camera is compliant with the aforementioned laws.