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