Closed circuit television (CCTV) and surveillance privacy notice

1 Council Contact Details          

1.1 North Northamptonshire Council

Registered Office:

Sheerness House
41 Meadow Road
NN16 8TL

Tel: 0300 126 3000

Website: North Northamptonshire Council

1.2 The Communities team can be contacted at [email protected]

1.3 The Council operates various CCTV and surveillance systems for the purposes of public and staff safety, and the prevention and/or detection of crime.  The below systems are used in the following areas:

  • CCTV at public locations such as the town centre.
  • CCTV around council owned premises.
  • CCTV in some corporate buildings, where there is public access.
  • Dashboard cameras on some of our corporate vehicles.
  • Body worn cameras with audio functions are also used by our Environmental Officers and Parking Wardens.

2 Information that we hold      

2.1 CCTV captures visual images of persons in or around our buildings and facilities. Body worn and dashboard cameras on our vehicles capture visual images of persons in public spaces.

2.2 We currently collect and process the following information:

  • Gender
  • Racial and ethnic origin
  • Proceedings for any offence committed or alleged


  • the detection and prevention of crime
  • to reduce the fear of crime and reassure the public
  • assisting the police in identifying potential criminal activity
  • investigating incidents of crime and traffic monitoring
  • incident reporting
  • the provision of collections security.

2.3 Please see further information on the location of our CCTV cameras

3 How the information is obtained          

3.1 This personal data is collected through CCTV cameras, dashboard and body worn cameras with audio functions and not from a publicly available source.

3.2 There are a number of reasons why we collect and use your personal information. Generally, we collect and use personal information where:

  • It is necessary to meet our legal obligations under the S17 Crime and Disorder Act 1998, to prevent and deter crime and disorder.
  • The interest of public safety. The processing is necessary for us to perform a task in the public interest or for our official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.
  • it is necessary for law enforcement reasons, to prevent and detect fraud or crime and for the apprehension and prosecution of offenders
  • it is required for the defence of legal cases and for legal proceedings
  • in some circumstances vital interests: the processing is necessary to protect someone’s life or individuals from harm (in an emergency).

4 What we do with the information

4.1 Our CCTV systems capture images 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Dashboard and body worn cameras are activated for operational purposes when necessary.  The footage is only accessed and used in limited circumstances to:

  • Promote the safety of officers
  • Identify perpetrators of crime
  • Provide evidence and secure prosecutions in law enforcement cases
  • Prevent or reduce crime, nuisance and anti-social behaviour
  • Other purposes within the realms of the law
  • CCTV may also be used to monitor staff when carrying out work duties.             

4.3 We will share personal information with:

  • Our CCTV operators have access to and monitor our CCTV cameras.
  • Law enforcement or other authorities if required by applicable law, such as internal or external enforcement agencies, e.g. Police Forces, Trading Standards, HMRC, Fire and Rescue Services. Any information sharing is undertaken in accordance with UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 and we have mechanisms in place to share information lawfully and securely.
  • Members of the public under very strict Data Protection or Freedom of Information conditions.
  • Insurance Companies, when we have been authorised by the Data Protection Officer at NNC.
  • We may also share details of those convicted with local crime reduction partnerships.

4.4 We do not use automated decision making for this group of processing. Automated decision-making is where decisions are made about you without any human influence on the outcome.

4.5 There is no profiling undertaken in relation to this group of processing. Profiling is where you analyse parts of an individual’s personality, behaviour, interests and habits to identify their preferences, make predictions or decisions about them.

5 How long we keep your information for and how we securely dispose of it after use

5.1 CCTV footage is retained for 31 days after the date of capture, although we may process footage for a longer period, for example where the footage is relevant to an ongoing investigation or a copy of footage is requested. If a request for footage is received, it will be retained for a maximum of a further 31 days before it is deleted.

Body worn camera footage is stored on an SD card which can hold 10 hours of footage is overwritten once this storage capacity is reached and processes are in place to delete footage. Footage is overwritten once this storage capacity is reached and processes are in place to delete footage. Footage may be downloaded and processed for a longer period, for example, if the footage is related to an incident.

This processing is included in the council’s retention schedule

5.2 We will securely dispose of your information in line with retention periods.  

6 How we store your information

6.1 For CCTV in Kettering and Corby, your information is securely stored on the council’s systems, in which the servers are UK based. Wellingborough CCTV is managed by West Northamptonshire Council.

7 Your data protection rights

7.1 The law gives you a number of rights to control what personal information is used by us and how we can use it. Please see section 15 of the council’s Privacy Policy for further information.

7.2 Please be aware that your rights may differ depending on the lawful basis for processing your personal data.

8 Who to contact

8.1 If you would like further information about how we use your personal information, or you wish to exercise one of your data rights or you wish to complain about the use of your personal information please contact the Data Protection Officer.

8.2 If you are still dissatisfied once you have contacted the Data Protection Officer, you have the right to complain to the ICO.

The ICO’s address:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113

9 Changes to this privacy notice

9.1 Privacy notices are live documents, which will be updated or revised in line with legislation.

Last updated 03 August 2023