Case Ref: FS50066908Date: 10/04/2006Public Authority: Bristol North NHS Primary Care TrustSummary:
The complainants requested a copy of CCTV footage relating to an
alleged incident of vandalism in one of the PCT's car parks. The trust
refused access to the information under section 40 of the Act, stating
that it was personal data and release would breach the data protection
principles. The Commissioner then investigated the nature and purpose
of the CCTV cameras involved and reviewed the CCTV footage itself.
Having done this, it was decided that the images were personal data and
their disclosure would breach the first data protection principle, and
so the exemption applied was held to be valid. As a result the Decision
Notice does not identify any steps to be taken; however, when first
refusing the complainants' request for information the PCT did not
respond within 20 working days, and the Commissioner has therefore
found that this breached section 10 of the Act. Section of Act/EIR & Finding: FOI 10 - Complaint Upheld
, FOI 40 - Complaint Not upheld
View PDF of Decision Notice FS50066908
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My article on Photographs and the Law:
I am drawing up a CCTV Disclosure policy for my council.
Our purpose is "Detection and Prevention of Crime and the Prosecution of offenders.
Our CCTV System will cover car parks used by our employees and the public.
Should we disclose data (images) on request when people say that their cars have been damaged or when an employee says that they want see the images of them from the system.
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