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

The CCTV owner must provide this within 40 days, and can charge up to £10.

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, like:

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

The CCTV owner decides how they provide the footage, and can edit it to protect the identities of other people.

The CCTV owner can invite you to a viewing of the footage, but only if they’re unable to provide you with the footage itself.

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.