My local Supermarket (one of the top 3 in the UK) has modified its self-service checkout tills to include a CCTV camera about 1.5 meters vertically above the credit card reader pointing straight downwards at the keypad. I'm sure there are legitimate reasons for doing this, and the camera can record any potential theft, but at the same time I really can't believe this can be legal? The camera is fixed, the credit card reader is also fixed (it can be angled downwards a bit, but not removed from camera sight). This has got to be a major security breach, I'm sure the images aren't publicly published online, but I'm also pretty sure that the security personal that can view it are underpaid and subjected to only basic background checks.

I know that fixing a camera to record pin-numbers at a bank ATM machine is illegal - this features in occasional news stories, so how can it be legal for a supermarket to do the same thing?

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    I don't know the law in the UK, but often intent is an important element of the law. If the camera is placed with the intent to record PINs so they can be used fraudulently, it's illegal. But placing a camera in exactly the same spot might be legal if the intent was to catch shoplifters. Dec 9, 2020 at 20:04
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    @Nate Eldgredge I'm sure the claimed intention of Morrisons would be prevent theft, but at the same time it does make it stupidly easy for a badly paid security guy to make a few quid on the side selling pin numbers to criminal gangs. Dec 9, 2020 at 20:09
  • Failing to prevent crime is not illegal in the same way as actually committing it. Dec 9, 2020 at 20:12
  • Most cameras cannot see through hands... Dec 9, 2020 at 21:02
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    It's not clear that they are doing this "covertly" as you put it in your title, since as you said, the camera is obvious.
    – Fizz
    Dec 9, 2020 at 21:34


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