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The CCTV Headquarters has become an icon for Beijing. Instead of competing in a futile race for ultimate height, the project proposes an iconographic constellation of two high-rise structures that actively engage the space of the city: CCTV and TVCC. CCTV combines administration and offices, news and broadcasting, program production and services, and the entire process of TV-making into a single loop of interconnected activities. The consolidation of all TV production into a single building allows the 10,000 staff to be aware of the nature of their work and co-workers, creating a chain of interdependence that promotes solidarity rather than isolation. The building itself contributes to the coherence of the organization.
Two towers rise from a common production platform that is partially underground – one dedicated to broadcasting, and the other to services, research, and education – and join at the top to create a cantilevered connection for management and the public. With its vast and diverse network of broadcasting and production zones pulsating on a 24-hour news cycle; an internal circulation infrastructure that resembles a subway system; and interlinked brain centers, nervous system, and a labyrinth of staff facilities; the building will behave much like a living breathing organism – the production of the virtual inhabiting the physical. A new icon is formed, not in a predictable soaring tower, but in a three-dimensional experience of geometric and social continuity. The virtual assumes a physical identity and occupies a place and location, for itself, the public, the city, and, in a feedback loop, the virtual realm.
Epping Forest District Council’s Closed Circuit Television schemes exist in order for us to record, view and monitor activity within the intended area of coverage, for the purpose of crime detection, prevention anti-social behaviour and public safety. EFDC has operated CCTV systems since the late 1990s. Since that time and with the advancement of technology our CCTV has grown and developed. Today we operate over 52 schemes with over 669cameras across the Epping Forest District. This Local Authority uses overt CCTV in pursuit of a legitimate aim; necessary to meet a pressing need; proportionate; effective, and compliant with any relevant legal obligations.
Epping Forest District Council works closely with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in adopting the National CCTV Strategy for best practice. Help secure and maintain safe environments for those who visit, work in, trade in or enjoy leisure pursuits within the district. Operate the council’s CCTV schemes fairly and lawfully and only for the purpose for which they were established, or subsequently agreed in accordance with the CCTV code of practice. This is unlike broadcast television where any receiver that is correctly tuned can pick up a signal from the airwaves. Some now refer to CCTV as VSS, this is due to significant advances in technology that now allow video images to be streamed over the internet or through Wi-Fi and micro wave links etc.
Probably the most widely known use of CCTV is in security systems and such applications as retail shops, banks, government establishments, etc. CCTV has become an increasingly valued tool in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.
CCTV filming carried out by others
Most uses of CCTV will be covered by the Data Protection Act. The Data Protection Act gives you the right to see information held about you, including CCTV images of you, or images which give away information about you. It also sets rules which CCTV operators must follow when they gather, store and release CCTV images of individuals. If you are concerned that CCTV is being used for harassment, anti social behaviour or other matters dealt with under the criminal law, then these are matters for the police. The CCTV operator must let people know they are using CCTV.
Signs are the most usual way of doing this. CCTV should only be used in exceptional circumstances in areas where you normally expect privacy – such as in changing rooms or toilets, and should only be used to deal with very serious concerns. You have the right to see CCTV images of you and to ask for a copy of them. You will need to provide details to help the operator to establish your identity as the person in the pictures, and to help them find the images on their system. CCTV operators are not allowed to disclose images of identifiable people to the media – or to put them on the internet – for entertainment.
An organisation may need to disclose CCTV images for legal reasons – for example, crime detection. If the images are those of the person making the request, then the request would be handled under the Data Protection Act as a Subject Access Request. If other people are identifiable in the CCTV pictures, then the images would be considered personal information and it is likely they would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.