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i-PRO shares key tips on data privacy protection
Thu, 22nd Feb 2024

In an era where video surveillance is ubiquitous, the question of data privacy looms large. i-PRO Co., Ltd., a stalwart in professional security solutions, underscores the critical importance of safeguarding the privacy of data captured by surveillance systems. As global legislative landscapes evolve to address privacy concerns, i-PRO Co., Ltd. offers timely guidance on navigating these complex waters.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development reports that a significant majority of countries, 137 out of 194, have enacted legislation aimed at protecting data and privacy. This movement is only expected to gain momentum, particularly with the anticipated introduction of laws governing the ethical use of AI.

Hiroshi (Huey) Sekiguchi, CMO of i-PRO Co., Ltd., emphasizes the importance of incorporating privacy considerations into the fabric of their operations. "Privacy by design is a core tenet of i-PRO’s business philosophy. Recognising Data Privacy Day on January 28th was a great reminder that data privacy needs to be top of mind whether you are an end-user, integrator, or manufacturer of physical security systems," he stated.

As jurisdictions worldwide tighten their data privacy regulations, organisations face not only the threat of hefty fines but also the potential erosion of trust among employees and customers for failing to protect sensitive information. i-PRO Co., Ltd. delineates several best practices to ensure that video surveillance systems align with, or exceed, data privacy standards.

The company advocates for a 'privacy by design' approach, urging entities to select systems and manufacturers that integrate privacy considerations from the outset. This approach not only facilitates compliance with current regulations but also ensures adaptability to future legal changes. The importance of transparency is also highlighted, suggesting that organisations can build trust by displaying redacted video streams that anonymize individuals, thus balancing privacy with security.

A comprehensive privacy code of conduct, according to i-PRO, is imperative. This includes educating all stakeholders about the nuances of AI, analytics, and facial recognition—distinct technologies with specific implications for privacy. Misconceptions abound, but it's critical to understand that most AI implementations in video security are designed to enhance analytics without delving into personal identification.

Encryption plays a vital role in protecting data both during transmission and storage, with i-PRO recommending industry-standard methods such as TLS/SSL and SRTP for data in transit, and AES for data at rest. Equally important is the principle of limiting access to sensitive data, ensuring that only essential personnel have access and that data retention policies comply with relevant legislation.

By adhering to these guidelines, organisations can navigate the complex landscape of data privacy, ensuring the protection of individual privacy while maintaining robust security measures. i-PRO Co., Ltd.'s insights serve as a valuable resource for entities navigating the evolving demands of data protection in the age of video surveillance.