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Inform about your video-surveillance 

If you carry out video-surveillance you need to provide information regarding the surveillance in an intelligible and easily accessible way. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) lists a number of requirements of what this information needs to contain.

IMY recommends that you inform those who are subject to the surveillance in two different ways, through two so called layers of information. The first layer information, generally containing the most important information, should be displayed on a warning sign. The second layer information, containing all detailed information, can be provided in a different manner, for example as a complete information sheet and on a website. 

Use signs to inform of video surveillance in the area 

Anyone carrying out video surveillance is obliged to provide one or several signs informing of video surveillance in the area. The sign should be placed at eye level so that it is clear before entering the area that it is under surveillance. If there are several entrances to an area under surveillance each entrance should have a separate sign.

The sign should contain the most relevant information, i.e.

  • The purpose of the surveillance
  • The identity of the controller
  • Contact information to the controller and, if applicable, the data protection officer
  • Information that the subject has rights according to the GDPR
  • Anything that might come as a surprise to the subject, e.g. if audio is recorded or if the surveillance material is stored outside of the EU
  • Storage period of recorded material
  • Information about where the subject can find additional information regarding the surveillance.

Example of a warning sign

Exemple of a warning sign

If you want to see an exemple of a Swedish warning sign, please click "Svensk version" to choose the Swedish version of this page.

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Additional ways of informing 

If you wish to provide information in two layers, the complete information to those subject to surveillance can be given through a website or a phone number. It may also be provided on a poster at the site or through documents that are accessible at an information desk or check out. The important thing is that the information is also accessible in a non-digital format.

The GDPR requires that you inform of the following when carrying out video surveillance.

  • Name and contact information to the controller and its representatives (if applicable)
  • Contact information to the data protection officer if you have one
  • The purpose, i.e. why you carry out video surveillance, and your legal ground for the surveillance
  • If your legal ground for using video surveillance is article 6.1 f, you also need to inform of the controller’s or third party’s legitimate interest
  • If applicable, the receiver or category of receivers of the material
  • How long you will store the recorded material, or the criteria you use to determine the storage period
  • The rights of the subjects in relation to you, e.g. the right to erasure and right of access
  • The subject’s right to lodge a complaint to IMY
  • If you are required to carry out video surveillance by contract or by law
  • Who receives the material if the material is used by someone else than yourself
  • If the material will be transferred to a third country
  • If the material will be used in any form of automated decision-making

About the information on this page

If the information in English is different from the Swedish version of this page, the Swedish version applies.

Latest update: 1 September 2023
Page labels Camera surveillance