I am coming to the conclusion that Hackspace cannot feasibly not have CCTV anymore.
There are three main reasons we ought to have cctv:
CCTV will help protect the victim. It can also help prove innocence in the case of false accusations being made.
Our space is extremely quiet most of the time, and it has been asked on new member tours I’ve given before if we have CCTV given how quiet it is.
Prevention of theft/crime
Since January, more and more items have been going missing from the space, some returned after months, others never to return. The space is currently extremely vulnerable to theft. Unfortunately it appears the theft is being perpetrated by members themselves. Hopefully this will act as a deterent.
Health & Safety
If someone were to have a bad (hospitalised) /fatal accident in the space, an investigation would take place and the space would likely come under a lot of scrutiny. If we had CCTV the space would be able to use its insurance to pay for legal support in the case of a member grossly misusing equipment.
There is also a small chance someone could injure themselves somewhere away from the space, but then claim it happened in the space in an attempt to sue us.
We hear members concerns about privacy and their right to use the space without feeling watched. A correctly written privacy/data protection statement could outline that the CCTV would only be used in the three events outlined above.
Except in the case of gross-misuse, (E.g. Total distruction of the equipment) We are not proposing the CCTV is used to see who didn’t sweep up the dust, or who broke the mug. The board have neither the time nor interest in pursuing this sort of thing.
CCTV in the space would be governed by GDPR And data protection laws. There would be protections in place to prevent misuse by the board or any other bad operators. There would also need to be a data protection officer for the space. This is a legal role and you would be able to complain to the ICO if you were dissatisfied with how your data is handled by the space.
I’d like to begin this discussion here, so I can raise it for a vote at the AGM.