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Ensure Data Privacy Compliance With a CCTV Redaction Software

By Ziad Amir
Ensure Data Privacy Compliance With a CCTV Redaction Software

Businesses and governments across the world hold an increasing number of surveillance footage. With a growing number of CCTV cameras worldwide, there is a lot of video footage out there recording innocent citizens going about their days. To protect their privacy, data privacy regulations stipulate that any personally identifiable information (PII) in CCTV footage be redacted. Hence, the organizations in charge of these footages now need a CCTV redaction software.

Importance of Video Redaction

The large-scale use of CCTV cameras in public spaces is a rather contentious topic. It’ll be an understatement to say that plenty of people are nervous and concerned about their privacy with the oversaturation of CCTV surveillance. To ensure that innocent bystanders are comfortably accommodated with modern security measures, governments have passed data privacy acts to go to bat for them. The most famous of these are the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The CCPA, for example, doesn’t just apply to businesses based or originated in California. Every company that does business with or collected information on California residents has to comply with CCPA. Non-compliance results in rather hefty fines and companies risk losing customer loyalty and trust.

Among many things, the CCPA stipulates that a California resident’s personal information be protected. This puts surveillance footage in direct risk of violation considering they surveil an countless amount of people, the overwhelming majority of which are not persons of interest. Therefore, when the surveillance footage changes hands or makes it to trial, the faces and other personally identifiable information of the bystanders is visible to the public. The GDPR law has a similar requirement for redaction of video surveillance footage.

It has been established that the easiest way to comply with data privacy regulations and legislations is to redact PII before the footage makes it to the authorities. However, this is only half the solution, considering the amount of time it takes to redact each individual face and license plate appearing in every frame of the video. Multiply that with the 3.3 TRILLION hours of video footage per day and the solution starts to look worse than the problem. Plus, with legislations like the AB-748 meticulously outline the public’s right to timely access to public records. Timely is the keyword here.

Therefore, the other half of the solution is a CCTV redaction software that automates the redaction process. A proper CCTV redaction software will effectively cut down redaction time in half, if not more.

Benefits of a CCTV Redaction Software

There are plenty of ways that agencies can benefit from a CCTV redaction software. A few of those are:

Less processing time – a person takes 5 – 10 hours to manually redact 1 hour of surveillance footage, while a CCTV redaction software would take less than an hour.

Less overhead – with an automated CCTV redaction software taking over, agencies don’t have to invest in human resources to do the same task in twice as much time.

Improved accuracy – artificial intelligence is more consistent and accurate with mundane, repetitive tasks and avoids mistakes like missing frames.

Improved transparency – the public will find solace in the fact that their data and privacy is protected by intelligent software and not fallible humans.

Improved compliance – since we’ve established that AI doesn’t make mistakes, agencies can ensure better compliance with a CCTV redaction software.

VIDIZMO: A CCTV Redaction Software – Among Other Things

VIDIZMO Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS) is a complete solution for law enforcement agencies with many capabilities, among which it performs the functions of an automated CCTV redaction software. Using AI powered facial recognition, the software recognizes all the faces appearing in a video footage.

In a higher quality CCTV footage, a person can be identified by their physical appearance: their clothes, their activity or their general demeanor. In such cases, simply redacting faces won’t cut it. A CCTV redaction software like VIDIZMO, also redacts entire bodies along with the face for complete privacy. And not just that, it also redacts other personally identifiable information (PII), like license plates and other identifiable objects.

The process starts with the artificial intelligence recognizing all the faces and objects in the video footage and presenting a list of all the recognized people, license plates, and other objects with check boxes next to them. Users can check the box to select which to redact. In a case, where the footage captures a particular person acting suspiciously or committing a crime, users would want to redact everyone in the video except for the person of interest.


VIDIZMO Digital Evidence Management System is more than just a CCTV redaction software. It is a platform for secure management of digital evidence files, be it CCTV footage, body-worn camera videos or forensic crime scene photos. The system is designed to provide law enforcement agencies a complete solution that can integrate with existing RMS and CAD systems for seamless interoperability.

Learn more about VIDIZMO DEMS offerings and capabilities.


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