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CCTV Privacy Notice

Who we are and what we do 

Gateshead Council have installed CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras in various locations across council premises for the purpose of: 

  • reducing and detecting crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour in the area 

This privacy notice provides specific information about how we process your personal data. It is an addition to the information contained in our Corporate privacy notice.   

What type of information is collected about you  

We collect personal information to understand your needs and provide services. Information may include: 

  • images, recordings or audio which may capture special category data (such as racial/ethnic origin, religion, health and sexual orientation) 
  • criminal offence data may also be captured  

How we collect information about you  

We collect information about you from the following sources: 

  • CCTV cameras 

  • through body cameras worn by enforcement staff 

Why we need your information  

Our purpose for collecting personal information is to: 

  • prevent and detect crime  
  • protection of public property and council staff 

The lawful basis for our processing is  

  • legal obligation to which the data controller is subject (Health and Safety at Work Act, Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act) 
  • task in the public interest with a basis in law  
  • legitimate interests 

Our lawful basis for processing of sensitive personal data is 

  • made public by the data subject 
  • legal claims or judicial acts 
  • reasons of substantial public interest (with a basis in law) 

Who your information can be shared with  

Our Corporate privacy notice explains information sharing the Council carries out. This sharing fulfils statutory obligations, legal requirements and service delivery. CCTV evidence 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 

Our lawful basis for this sharing is public interest and your consent is not required. 

We may share your information with other council services such as the anti-social behaviour team or legal team without your consent where we have lawful basis for doing so. We may also share your information with third parties such as insurance providers or external legal advisers without your consent where we have a lawful basis for doing so. 

How long we will keep your information  

We keep your information for as long as we need to provide services to you. We may also need to keep your information in accordance with legal or other obligations. Where we have no need to keep your data it will be securely destroyed. We keep a Record of Processing Activity (a requirement under the GDPR). This sets out the specific retention periods applicable in different circumstances. For more information please contact 

Where your information is held 

Information is held in secure devices and secure servers located in council premises, Mobile CCTV (body worn cameras) have removable storage which is held securely in accordance with council policies and procedures when not in us. 

Your information rights

Please see the relevant section of our Corporate privacy notice.

Marketing and e-newsletters

Please see our email marketing privacy notice.

Business intelligence, profiling and automated-decision making

Please see the relevant section of our Corporate privacy notice.

Protecting your information

Please see the relevant section of our Corporate privacy notice.

Data Protection Officer

Data Protection Officer
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3000

Information Commissioner's Office

The Information Commissioner is the UK's independent body for upholding information rights. Visit their website to find out more about your rights under Data Protection law, and what to expect from us.

For privacy practices or data protection rights concerns, contact the Information Commissioner's Office:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF

0303 123 1113 or 01625 545 745