Islington Council's public protection surveillance camera system (CCTV) is one of the tools used to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the borough. We are governed by a variety of codes of practice and data protection laws and strict guidelines.
Our CCTV operators are fully qualified in public space CCTV and are police checked and security industry registered (SIA). Our control room is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and is in constant two-way radio contact with the police. It can direct emergency services and our own ASB officers to incidents as well as record evidence for the police and council services to use in their investigations.
Our control room monitors 156 public space cameras and we also have 6 3G 20 4GHD re-deployable cameras (rdCCTV) that can be used on the Borough to deal with emerging problems. Our cameras move 360 degrees and are positioned so that they do not intrude into private areas. All of these Islington Council cameras have a notice below them with a contact number. We also can access many cameras from housing estates across the Borough.
The council stores images recorded from CCTV cameras for 31 days, after which time it is automatically deleted. If a request for evidential CCTV is made for litigation purposes, the relevant footage is saved for up to 3 months, after which time it will be deleted. To apply for access to CCTV personal information, please see CCTV data requests for guidance and application form.
Our CCTV is governed by the following legislation to protect your rights and privacy:
- Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) Data Protection Act
- Information Commissioners Office (ICO) CCTV codes of practice
- Guides to the twelve principles (To be read in conjunction with Surveillance Code of Practice)
- Surveillance Camera Code of Practice 2013
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
Islington council surveillance camera team take any concerns or complaints very seriously and have procedures for complaints. More often or not we have more demands for Surveillance cameras to be put in place than we do actual complaints about existing cameras.
We did not receive any formal CCTV complaints for 2017.
For independent advice and guidance on surveillance cameras you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office helpline on 08456 30 60 60, or see The Information Commissioner's Office website.