CCTV - releasing for evidence

CCTV recorded data

Recorded data from our CCTV cameras is used to support Police investigations and to provide evidence. It will not be made available to the media unless the Police decide that making information available will help with an investigation.

All data is processed in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act (1998) which, in summarised form, includes but is not limited to the following...

  • All personal data will be obtained and processed fairly and lawfully
  • personal data will be held only for the purposes specified
  • personal data will be used only to support the purposes of the scheme
  • only personal data which is adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose for which the data is held will be retained
  • steps will be taken to ensure that personal data is accurate and where necessary, kept up to date
  • personal data will be held for no longer than is necessary
  • individuals will be allowed access to information held about them and, where appropriate, will be permitted to correct or erase it
  • security measures will prevent unauthorised or accidental access to, or alteration, disclosure, or loss and destruction of, information.

Can I request to see CCTV recorded data?

It is possible for anyone to make a request to see data recorded on CCTV. However, the basic principle is that they only have a right to see data where they are recorded and other people in the images will be deleted or obscured to protect their identity.

Any request from an individual for the disclosure of personal data which he/she believes is recorded by the system should be made to the data controller.

The principles of sections 7 and 8, 10 and 12 of the Data Protection Act (1998) (Rights of Data Subjects and Others) will be followed in respect of every request.

If the request cannot be complied with without identifying another individual, permission from all parties must be considered (in the context of the degree of privacy they could reasonably anticipate from being in that location at that time) in accordance with the requirements of the legislation.

Any person making a request must be able to satisfactorily prove their identity and provide sufficient information to enable the data to be located.

CCTV recorded data for motor vehicle incidents

CCTV data is most often requested by the public in relation to motor vehicle incidents. In these circumstances we will require:

  • date
  • time
  • location
  • colour and make of vehicles involved.

If we find the requested information, we will then arrange for insurance companies (or their local agents) to come and review the data. If the insurance company decides that the data is useful in determining the claim, then we will make a copy of the data available to the insurance company, with conditions relating to its use and destruction.

Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act (1996)

The Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act (1996) introduced a statutory framework for the disclosure to defendants of material which the prosecution would not intend to use in the presentation of its own case (known as unused material). Disclosure of unused material under the provisions of this Act should not be confused with the obligations placed on the data controller by Section 7 of the Data Protection Act (1998).

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641823
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street