CCTV Privacy Notice
Thorndon South Country Park, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3LW 
RMC, operating on behalf of Essex County Council, uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) enabled closed circuit television (CCTV) camera technology to protect Thorndon South Country Park and to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors to the area.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, RMC will only record still images of vehicle registration numbers as they enter and exit the country park. 
Purposes of CCTV/ANPR
RMC has carried out a data protection impact assessment (DPIA) and based on its findings it considers it necessary and proportionate to install and use an ANPR system. Detailed justification is recorded in the DPIA.
The data collected from the ANPR system will assist in:
  • Prevention or detection of crime and antisocial behaviour (ASB).
  • Identification and prosecution of offenders.
Recording and retention of images
In normal circumstances, ANPR images are stored for period of 12 months. However, where a law enforcement agency is investigating a crime, images may need to be retained for a longer period.
Access to and disclosure of images
Access to, and disclosure of, images captured is restricted.  This ensures that the rights of individuals are retained.  Images can only be disclosed in accordance with the purposes for which they were originally collected.
Disclosure of ANPR data to other third parties will only be made in accordance with the purposes for which the system is used and will be limited to:
  • The local authority (Brentwood Borough Council), the county authority (Essex County Council), the police, and other law enforcement agencies, where the images recorded could assist in the prevention or detection of a crime or the identification and prosecution of an offender or the identification of a victim or witness.
  • Prosecution agencies, such as the Crown Prosecution Service.
  • Relevant legal representatives.
  • Individuals whose images have been recorded and retained (unless disclosure would prejudice the prevention or detection of crime or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders).
All requests for disclosure and access to images through Freedom of Information (FOI) or Subject Access Requests (SAR) will be documented, including the date of the disclosure, to whom the images have been provided and the reasons why they are required. If disclosure is denied, the reason will be recorded.
Individuals’ access rights
Under the UK’s data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), individuals have the right on request to receive a copy of the personal data that RMC holds about them, including ANPR images.
If you wish to access any data relating to you, you must make a written request to RMC’s Data Protection Officer, using this email address:
RMC will usually not make a charge for such a request, but we may charge a reasonable fee if you make a request which is manifestly unfounded, excessive or is repetitive.
Your request must include the date and approximate time when the image(s) were recorded so that the image(s) can be easily located, and your identity can be established as the vehicle owner in the image(s).
RMC will respond promptly and in any case within one month of receiving a request. However, where a request is complex or numerous RMC may extend the one month to respond by a further two months.
RMC will always check the identity of the individual making the request before processing it.
The Data Protection Officer will always determine whether disclosure of your image(s) will reveal third party information, as you have no right to access ANPR images relating to other people or vehicles.  In this case, images showing third parties may need to be obscured if it would otherwise involve an unfair intrusion into their privacy.
If RMC is unable to comply with your request because access could prejudice the prevention or detection of crime or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders, you will be advised accordingly.