Request CCTV Footage of Yourself

You have the right to request closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of yourself. 

The CCTV owner must provide this within 1 calendar month. 

Most CCTV footage is deleted 30 days after it is recorded. 

You need to make a request in writing to the owner of the CCTV system. The owner’s details are usually written on a sign attached to the camera, unless the owner is obvious (like a shop). 

You should tell them you are requesting information held about you under the Data Protection Act, and provide information to help them identify you, for example:

  • a specific date and time 

  • proof of your identity 

  • a description of yourself 

The CCTV owner might not be allowed to share any footage if: 

  • other people can be seen in it 

  • they are not able to edit out people to protect their identity  

The CCTV owner can invite you to a viewing of the footage if: 

  • they are unable to provide you with the footage itself 

  • you agree with that arrangement  

They can refuse your request if sharing the footage will put a criminal investigation at risk. 

CCTV footage of a crime

If the CCTV footage relates to a crime and the police have the footage, they will tell you if you can see it. 

Additional information on requesting CCTV footage of yourself can be found on GOV.UK's website.