CCTV privacy notice

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London Borough of Waltham Forest has installed CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) cameras in various locations within the borough for the purposes of reducing crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime by helping to provide a safer environment for those people who live and work in the area and for visitors travelling through the area.

CCTV is also installed on highways for the purpose of monitoring traffic on a permanent or temporary basis. In all locations, signs are displayed notifying you that CCTV is in operation and providing details of who to contact for further information about the scheme.

A number of Council officers operate Body Worn Cameras (BWC). These cameras process video images and audio data of members of the public and people who come into contact with our officers.

Main purposes of the CCTV system is to provide the Police and enforcement agencies  with assistance to detect deter and prevent crime and disorder; to help identify, apprehend and prosecute offenders; to provide the Police/Council with evidence to enable criminal and/or civil proceedings to be brought in the courts; and to maintain public order.

The BWC footage is used for the same purposes of CCTV as above and to promote and facilitate the safety of council officers

Some examples of how we use your data are provided below; please note this is not an exhaustive list:

  • providing evidence in criminal proceedings (police and criminal evidence act 1984 and criminal procedure and investigation act 1996)
  • providing evidence in civil proceedings
  • the prevention and reduction of crime and disorder
  • the investigation and detection of crime
  • identification of witnesses


Live video recording images of an identifiable individual 24 hours a day.

CCTV footabe may be shared with other agencies such as the police, fire brigade, ambulance and other relevant agencies as required in the event of an emergency, prevention or detection of crime.

BWC footage may be shared with law enforcement agencies, prosecution agencies, legal representatives and third parties where it is lawful to do so.

Evidence supplied to the police for criminal cases is retained for 2 years, however all other footage that is not used is automatically deleted off servers after 30 days.

Recorded material is not provided to members of the public or media organisations for profit, gain or commercial exploitation.

This does not affect the right of individuals to access any personal data under the provisions of Data Protection Law. This is called a ‘Subject Access Request'.

Our Data Protection Officer is Mark Hynes. You can contact him at

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.

These are included in the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.

If we’re unable to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).