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Body Worn Video

Body Worn Videos (BWV) incorporating audio recording are being used by Trading Standards & Licensing Enforcement Officers when necessary for operational purposes.

The aim of the BWV technology is to:

  • Raise standards of service.
  • Reduce incident escalation.
  • Enhance opportunities for evidence capture.
  • Reduce protracted complaint investigations by providing impartial, accurate evidence.

 

Guidance for Accessing Body Camera Footage

Any request to view footage taken by a Body Worn Video is known as a Subject Access Request (SAR).

All requests to either view or get a copy of footage taken on a Body Worn Video (BWV) must be made within 31 days from the date of the event. It is important to note that recorded footage that is ‘non-evidential’ will be retained for 31 days, after which it will be automatically deleted.

 

What is a Subject Access request?

A subject access enables people to find out what personal data is held about them, why it is held and who it is disclosed to. This is fundamental to good information handling practice.

Subject access is set out in section 7 of the Data Protection Act.

Subject access is most often used by individuals who want to see a copy of the information an organisation holds about them. However, subject access goes further than this and an individual is entitled to be:

  • told whether any personal data is being processed
  • given a description of the personal data, the reasons it is being processed, and whether it will be given to any other organisations or people
  • given a copy of the personal data
  • given details of the source of the data (where this is available)

In the context of the BWV Disclosure Policy a subject access request relates to the footage taken by the Enforcement Officer during enforcement activity.

A SAR simply needs to be made in writing and accompanied by the £10 fee for dealing with the request. You will need to state the date, the time and the location of the event, as a minimum.

The BWV Subject Access Request form is available here to help you provide the information we need to deal with your request. SARs do not have to be made on the form, but if you do not include all of the information we need to respond to you, it will cause a delay.

 

Confirming your identity

Under the right of subject access, an individual is entitled only to their own personal data, and not to information relating to other people (unless they are acting on behalf of that person).

Therefore, as your request will relate to disclosure of video footage, we may ask for verification of your identity in the form of photographic evidence.This will usually be in the form of a passport. Your identity will then be verified visually from the footage being requested.

 

Where to send your form and payment

Completed Data Subject Access Forms should be submitted to Trading Standards & Licensing with a fee of £10.00

 

Time limits for submitting a SAR

All subject access requests must be made within 31 days from the date of the event. It is important to note that recorded BWV footage that is ‘non-evidential’ will be retained for 31 days, after which it will be automatically deleted.