CCTV privacy notice

This privacy notice is designed to help you understand how and why North Yorkshire council processes your personal data. This notice should be read in conjunction with our corporate privacy notice.

Who are we?

North Yorkshire council is a ‘data controller’ as defined by Article 4(7) of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The council operates CCTV in public spaces including but not limited to market towns, council owned premises and residential sites.

The council also operates mobile re-deployable cameras which are sited in areas of anti-social behaviour hotspots or repeatedly targeted victims. Locations for siting the mobile re-deployable cameras are agreed between the council and North Yorkshire police.

The council has appointed Veritau to be its data protection officer. Their contact details are:

Information Governance Office


West Offices

Station Rise


North Yorkshire



Tel: 01904 552848

What personal information do we collect?

By using CCTV systems, the council collects, stores, and uses static or moving images of individuals located in surveillance areas. The council may be able to identify those individuals by looking at the vehicle registration number or using other existing information.

The council do not routinely collect special category data through its operation of CCTV.

Why do we collect your personal information?

The CCTV data is collected in order to:

  • assist in the detection and prevention of crime and anti-social behaviour; along with the maintenance of public order
  • facilitate the apprehension and prosecution of offenders concerning crime and public order
  • reduce the fear of crime and providing reassurance to the public
  • provide the police and council with evidence to take criminal and/or civil action in the courts
  • assist in improving the environment in the areas monitored
  • protect property and assets owned by North Yorkshire council and others
  • provide assistance to emergency services
  • provide assistance to businesses in the areas where shopwatch and pubwatch operates
  • provide monitoring and reassurance to street angels in Northallerton

Who do we share this information with?

The council will only share CCTV footage with other agencies where there is a lawful reason to do so, for example, to share with the police for the purposes of crime prevention.

CCTV footage may also be shared with/accessed by Mayfair Security, who the council has contracted to manage and monitor CCTV operations within the Selby area.

How long do we keep your information for?

Data held

Retention period

CCTV data

The council will keep your personal data only as long as is necessary to conclude the purpose(s) for which it was collected.

CCTV data will be held for a maximum of a month unless this needs to be retained as evidence for criminal and/or civil proceedings.

What is our lawful basis for processing your information?

North Yorkshire council relies on the following lawful basis to process your personal data:

  • UK GDPR Article 6(1)(e) - processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller – the council’s main purpose is to provide a safe environment and therefore the CCTV assists in providing public safety and security
  • North Yorkshire Council has a duty to reduce crime and disorder in accordance with the crime and disorder act 1998

For more information about how we use your data, including your privacy rights and the complaints process, please see our corporate privacy notice.