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Highway CCTV and ANPR Privacy Notice

We operate Highway Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera systems. This is to assist us and nominate parties to undertake statutory duties relating to the Highway network as defined under the local Highway Authority and the Traffic Management Act 2004 including:

  • management of origin-destination vehicle journeys to help improve the road network
  • real time traffic monitoring and road networking management
  • monitoring journey times to improve traffic flows
  • to assist in traffic management and encourage safer, more sustainable use of multi-model transport and provide travel information to the media and public
  • To provide evidence to confirm or refute compensation claims made against the Council
  • The detection and prevention of crime (including criminal enforcement)
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We don't share or sell this information with any other organisation outside of those listed within the Highway CCTV Code of Practice and ANPR Code of Practice, nor is it used for marketing purposes.

However the Data Protection Act 2018 permits the disclosure of CCTV and ANPR data to the police where not releasing it would likely prejudice any attempt by the police to prevent or detect crime, or capture and prosecute a suspect.

We may be legally obligated to disclose data gathered by other CCTV cameras in response to valid requests from the police and other statutory law enforcement agencies. However, before we authorise any disclosure, the police have to demonstrate that the data concerned will assist them in the prevention or detection of a specific crime, or in the apprehension or prosecution of an offender. Each request is dealt with on a strictly case-by-case basis to ensure that any such disclosure is lawful and in accordance to the Data Protection Act 2018.

Note: No ANPR data is stored or shared as part of ANPR enabled sign operation (see ANPR Enabled Electronic Signs: Code of Practice) 

Data is encoded and stored securely at the point of capture by the CCTV or ANPR devise. It is held for a maximum of 3 months within the devise SD card or external hard drive. Thereafter if it is extracted it will be shared and stored via government approved secure connections as follows


Footage required for personal injury claims

Stored for maximum 3 years

Footage required for property damage claims

Stored for maximum 3 years

Footage required for criminal investigations

Stored for as long as the police require it to be held


Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) system for the purposes of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

Stored for maximum 5 years





No ANPR/personal data retained that can be used to identify an individual

No ANPR/personal data retained


Access to your information will only be given to authorised members of staff who are required to process it for the purposes outlined in this privacy notice.

The Data Controller for all the information you provide is Cornwall Council, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY. Data protection registration number: Z1745294

Your personal information belongs to you and you have the right to:

  • be informed of how we will process it
  • request a copy of what we hold about you and in commonly used electronic format if you wish (if you provided this to us electronically for automated processing, we will return it in the same way)
  • have it amended if it’s incorrect or incomplete
  • have it deleted (where we do not have a legal requirement to retain it
  • restrict how we process it
  • object to us using it for marketing or research purposes
  • object to us using it in relation to a legal task or in the exercise of an official authority

If you would like to access any of the information we hold about you or have concerns regarding the way we have processed your information, please contact:

Data Protection Officer, Assurance, Cornwall Council, County Hall, Truro,TR1 3AY Tel: 01872 326424 Email: 

We would prefer any complaints to be made to us initially so that we have the opportunity to see if we can put things right.  However, if you are unhappy with the way we have processed your information or how we have responded to your request to exercise any of your rights in relation to your data, you can raise your concerns direct with the Information Commissioner’s Office.