CCTV privacy notice

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council considers the use of CCTV as necessary tool to help reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve public safety.

We have installed CCTV systems in some of our locations used by members of the public, for the purposes of public safety and crime prevention/detection.   This is supported by Section 163 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 for Local Authorities and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 for the Police.  

In all locations signs are displayed notifying you that CCTV is in operation and providing details of who to contact for further information about the scheme.

We will only disclose CCTV images to others who intend to use the images for the purposes stated above. CCTV images will not be released to the media for entertainment purposes or placed on the internet.

Images captured by CCTV will not be kept for longer than 28 days.  However, on occasions there may be a need to keep images for longer, for example where a crime is being investigated.

The Council considers the CCTV scheme will achieve these objectives:

  1. To assist in the reduction of Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour, the fear of crime and increase the confidence of the public in the area.
  2. Facilitate the apprehension and prosecution of offenders.
  3. Assist in the prevention and detection of crime and disorder committed in public areas.
  4. Deal with any serious public safety concerns.
  5. To reduce the theft of and from cars both on-streets where CCTV is located and in car parks thus encouraging greater use of these facilities.
  6. To allow positive management of traffic in the area. 

The system will only be used for these objectives, and for no other purposes.  The CCTV scheme is intended to contribute to the provision of a safe and comfortable environment in the Borough for the benefit of all those who live, work or visit the areas covered by CCTV.

The system will also be operated in accordance with the 12 guiding principles set out in the surveillance camera codes of practice 2013.

You have the right to see CCTV images of yourself and be provided with a copy of the images

You may access personal information (CCTV footage) related to you and requesting the data either in writing to accesstoinformation@blackburn.gov.uk or via the online form.

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