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 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 must provide you with a copy of the footage that you can be seen in. They can edit the footage to protect the identities of other people.

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.