The use of CCTV images for research requires IRB review and approval, as images of people (and even car license plates) are personal data, and hence considered to be human subjects research.
IRB will consider if the CCTV images are obtained from public or private areas within NTU.
|Public areas||Private areas|
|Examples||NTU canteens, public corridors, roads, etc.||NTU LTs, Seminar rooms, Labs, Offices, etc.|
|Approval requirements||Obtain approval from NTU-IRB prior to requesting from Campus Security.||Obtain approval from NTU-IRB prior to requesting from relevant Schools/ Institutes/ Centers.|
|Consent requirements||Consent from participants is not required for public areas. |
As a good practice, a signboard should be displayed notifying people that a video recording is taking place for research purposes.
|Consent from participants must be explicitly obtained. For individuals who do not agree to participate in the research, they should be allowed to leave the room.|
|Storage & Handling requirements of images|
As images of people are considered personal data under PDPA, these should be classified as Confidential data.
Installation of video cameras for research
For investigators who wish to install new video cameras and to subsequently use the recorded images for research purposes, approval from IRB is similarly required. IRB will review to ensure cameras are appropriately located.
|Temporary installation||E.g. on a tripod for classroom recordings||Investigators can proceed to install cameras as described in your IRB-approved protocol.|
|Permanent installation||E.g. on a ceiling inside a lab, or above a lamp-post.||Investigators are to obtain approval from IRB prior to installation by ODFM.|