Request CCTV footage of yourself

You have the right to request closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of yourself.

The CCTV owner must provide this within 30 days, and can charge up to £10.

Most CCTV footage is deleted 30 days after it’s recorded.

You need to make a request in writing to the owner of the CCTV system. The owner’s details are usually written on a sign attached to the camera, unless the owner is obvious (like a shop).

You should tell them you’re requesting information held about you under the Data Protection Act, and provide information to help them identify you, for example:

  • a specific date and time
  • proof of your identity
  • a description of yourself

The CCTV owner might not be allowed to share any footage if:

  • other people can be seen in it
  • they’re not able to edit out people to protect their identity

The CCTV owner can invite you to a viewing of the footage if:

  • they’re unable to provide you with the footage itself
  • you agree with that arrangement

They can refuse your request if sharing the footage will put a criminal investigation at risk.

CCTV footage of a crime

If the CCTV footage relates to a crime and the police have the footage, they will tell you if you can see it.