The new S-COP video masking software, which is being supported across Europe by Hanwha Techwin, provides a highly effective method of redacting faces from video in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018, stipulates that any person whose image is captured by a video surveillance system, has the right to be supplied with a copy of their personal data which has been recorded. Importantly, the identity of other individuals who feature in the recorded video, needs to be protected.
“In simple terms, S-COP video masking software, which has been developed by our technology partner VORA systems, blurs out the faces of everyone who appears in a video clip, except the person who has requested access to it,” said Uri Guterman, Head of Product & Marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe. “The ability to be able to do this quickly and easily should not be underestimated. Our country managers throughout Europe have reported that de-identification is the issue which concerns most of our customers in respect of their ability to achieve GDPR compliance.”
S-COP is equipped with a number of practical features which ensure that exported redacted video cannot be misused or tampered with. These include password protection, the ability to limit the number of views and access times, and if required, automatic destruction. S-COP can also be configured to apply a user defined watermark to the exported video file.
Any audio tracks can be easily removed or edited to further protect a person’s privacy.
S-COP software provides an option to utilise Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology to encode a redacted video so that it can only be viewed by those entitled to do so. Unlike .AVI files which can be viewed by anyone on a PC which has Windows Media Player installed, DRM encoded video can only be viewed via password protected S-COP dedicated video player software.
Other S-COP key features include
- Support for .mkv .mp4 and .avi format evidence clips
- Multiple masking of up to 255 specified areas
- Manual selection of a moving target area or total inverted area masking
- Fixed and mobile subjects can be pixelated
- Video file AES-256 encryption