CCTV Surveillance Privacy Notice

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CCTV Surveillance Privacy Notice
Last updated
Friday, 8 April 2022

Rochdale Borough Council uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and associated systems, such as Body Worn Video (BWV) devices, in public spaces and various Rochdale council sites across the borough.

What personal information we collect

We collect personal information to make sure that we can carry out our work. The personal information we collect includes images and recordings captured by our CCTV and associated systems.

When we collect personal information it may be about:

  • Members of the public
  • Staff
  • Customers
  • Service users
  • Residents
How we use personal information

CCTV and associated systems will only be used for the following purposes:

  • To prevent, detect and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • To help reduce the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • To enhance community safety.
  • To assist the local authority in its enforcement and regulatory functions.
  • For the maintenance of Public Order.
  • To provide information for traffic management.
  • Provide the police, other agencies and the council with evidence to take criminal and civil action in the courts.
  • Providing evidence which may assist in the detection of crime and the apprehension and prosecution of offenders or other appropriate action.
  • Protecting property and assets.
  • Providing assistance with issues relating to public safety and health.
  • Providing assistance and reassurance to the public in emergency situations.
  • Assisting in staff disciplinary, grievance, formal complaints and health and safety investigations.
  • Reducing violent or aggressive behaviour towards staff.
Why we use your personal information

We are required by law to prevent, detect and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. This is detailed in legislation and guidance including:

  • The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the surveillance camera code of practice
  • Section 163 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Protection and Disorder Act 2012

We are allowed to process personal and sensitive data for the following reasons under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Articles and the Data Protection Act:

  • Necessary to perform tasks in the public interest
  • Legitimate interest
  • Substantial Public Interest
Who we share your personal information with

Your personal data may be shared with others departments and/or partner agencies only when it is necessary, or if we are required to do so by law. We may share your personal data with:

  • Police forces
  • Ombudsman and regulatory authorities
  • Prosecuting authorities
  • Other council departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Courts and tribunals
Automated decision about your personal information
This service doesn't make any decisions using computers or programmes that don't involve a human being when using your personal information.
How long we keep your personal information
Images captured by CCTV and associated systems will not be kept for longer than 30 days. On occasions, however, there may be a need to keep images and footage for longer, for example, where a crime is being investigated or it may become relevant to an investigation. In such cases, images will be retained for as long as necessary.
Transferring personal information beyond the EEA
This service doesn't transfer your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

We do not routinely share data with any organisation outside the UK, but our website is available across the internet and we communicate with applicants and stakeholders wherever they are.
What happens if you change your mind?