Body Worn Cameras (BWCCTV)

The proper handling of personal information by Carmarthenshire County Council is very important to the delivery of our services and maintaining public confidence.

Personal data is any information that relates to a person who can be directly or indirectly identified from the information. The terms ‘information’ and ‘personal data’ are used throughout this privacy notice and have the same meaning.

To ensure that the Council treats personal information correctly, we seek to adhere in full to the requirements of Data Protection legislation.

This privacy notice has therefore been produced to explain as clearly as possible what we do with your personal data.

1. The purpose for which we use your personal data

We collect personal data using Body Worn CCTV for the purposes of crime prevention, detection and public safety.  

Body Worn CCTV footage is used to help keep our officers safe, to reduce the potential number of confrontational situations experienced by officers, to reduce the potential escalation of incidents and gather evidence. The Council has a responsibility to prevent crime and disorder in its area.

The Council is also committed to compliance with the information Commissioner’s Office code of practice for surveillance cameras and personal data, the Home Office’s surveillance camera Code of practice and the Council’s own BWCCTV policy.

The legal basis for the processing of your information is to exercise our official authority or to perform a specific task in the public interest that it is set out in Law, namely the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Local Government Act 1972.

2. What type of information do we use?

Our Body Worn CCTV record video images and audio data of members of public generally and in particular, people who come in contact with our officers.

Some of this personal data might be special category (sensitive) personal data.  We process this under the lawful basis of substantial public interest, with reference to the above legislation.

3. Do we use information received from other sources?

No. Body worn CCTV is used by the Council’s own Enforcement Officers. This includes, but is not limited to our Environmental Enforcement, Planning, Licencing and Parking Enforcement Officers.

4. Transferring your information abroad

We use Microsoft Office 365 to process our electronic documents under the terms of a strict agreement, which safeguards your information.  This personal data is hosted on servers outside of the UK, but only in EU countries which are subject to the General Data Protection Regulation.

We don’t transfer any other information about you outside of the UK.

5. Who has access to your information?

We share CCTV images with the following recipients:

  • Dyfed Powys Police
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Prosecution agencies
  • Legal representatives
  • The Council’s Legal Services

This is done in specific situations, such as:

  • Where the Council is required to provide the information by law
  • Where disclosing the information is required to prevent or detect a crime

Where disclosure is in the vital interests of the person concerned

6. How long we will keep your information

Images are kept on our systems for 31 days and then automatically deleted or over-written.  We are able to keep a recording for longer than this if it is needed for any of the purposes set out above.

7. Your Data Protection rights

You have the right to:

  • Obtain access to the personal data that Carmarthenshire Council is processing about you
  • Have any inaccurate or incomplete information rectified (corrected)
  • Withdraw your consent to processing, where this is the only basis for the processing
  • Make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the independent body in the UK which protects information rights

In some circumstances, you may have the right to:

  • Object to the processing of your personal information
  • The erasure of your personal data
  • Restrict the processing of your personal information
  • Data portability

8. Contact details

For more information regarding this privacy notice and your rights, please contact:

Data Protection Officer
Carmarthenshire County Council
County Hall
Carmarthen
SA31 1JP

Email: dataprotection@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office along with further guidance on Data Protection legislation can be found on the ICO website.

Council & Democracy