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Public Space CCTV privacy notice

Read the privacy notice for the Public Space CCTV

As the 'data controller' for the personal information - or data - we hold about you, South Ayrshire Council decides how your personal information is used/processed, and what it is used for.

This statement provides more details about this and provides information on how to get in touch with us if you need to know more.

Your personal data - what is it?

Personal data is information relating to a living person who can be identified from that data. Identification can be based on the information alone, or in conjunction with any other information. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and supplemented by the Data Protection Act 2018.

What Personal Data will we collect from you?

We will only collect the personal information we need to provide you with relevant information, services and support. The Council's public space CCTV service (which consists of fixed town centre cameras and re-deployable cameras) does not utilise facial or number plate recognition software, and is distinct from speed cameras. The personal data we will collect includes:

  • Live and recorded images within public spaces across South Ayrshire.
  • CCTV images may capture your face and your vehicle.

How will we use your information?

Public space CCTV is used for the purpose of public safety, crime prevention, and enforcement (dog fouling, litter dropping and fly-tipping). It will not be used for any other reason.

Public space CCTV is overt, meaning cameras are clearly visible and surveillance is general in nature. Signage highlights where public space is in operation, and all camera locations are listed and mapped on the Council website. Monitoring of 'live' images is undertaken primarily by the Council's Emergency Response Team.

What is the legal basis for using/sharing your information?

The legal basis is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the data controller as per Article 6(1) (e) of the GDPR, and the task or function has a clear basis in law. The law relating to the Council's use of CCTV is the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 163. Under certain circumstances we may process personal information under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000.

Who will we share your information with?

  • Police Scotland (for the prevention and detection of crime)
  • Ayrshire Roads Alliance (public safety)
  • Transport Scotland (public safety)

How long do we keep hold of your information?

Recorded CCTV images will be held for 31 days from the date of recording after which they are automatically deleted.

What are your rights?

The lawful basis for processing/using your personal data directly impacts which rights are available to you. For example, some rights will not apply, in this case we are not required to:

  • erase your personal information.
  • enable the right to data portability

However, you do have the following rights and can ask us to:

  • correct your personal information if it is inaccurate;
  • complete your personal information if it is incomplete;
  • restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances

You also have the right to object to the processing of your personal information.

Do you require this statement in a different format?

Please contact us if you require this information in an alternative format.

How can you get in touch with us?

If you wish to obtain any records held by the Council relating to you, or if you have any general data protection queries, please contact the Council's Data Protection Service at:

Data Protection Officer
South Ayrshire Council
County Buildings
Wellington Square

Telephone: 01292 612 223

If you have a complaint

If you are unhappy with the way the Council has dealt with your personal information, you can complain to the Data Protection Officer using the contact details noted above. If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner:

Information Commissioner's Office
45 Melville Street

Telephone: 0303 123 1113