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The PERG Data Security Committee has crafted two documents to aid rental companies:
Data security was first raised as an issue during a meeting that took place just before the opening of Cine Gear Expo 2011. PERG hosted a meeting with AICP company executives and PERG member companies. Camera rental houses reported regularly receiving their rented media storage devices back after rentals with the client’s images still stored on the media. This raised several concerns for the rental houses:
In the spring of 2012 PERG formed a committee to look into the matter. We held meetings in New York and Los Angeles that brought together rental houses, insurance, labor, studios, and equipment manufacturers to discuss all sides of the issue. It became clear that, in the end, it has to be the responsibility of the production company to provide for the security of their own images. The recorded content should be securely deleted before being returned to the rental house. However, it also was clear that creating best practices for camera technician’s and producers is beyond our association’s role in the industry. Instead the PERG Data Security Committee sought to provide rental houses with the awareness and comprehensive consideration of data security issues as it impacts their business. The drafted documents were first presented at the PLASA PERG General Membership Meeting at NAB 2012.