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Privacy Notice - Automatic Number Plate Recognition

The information on this page explains how Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera infrastructure and data is used, stored and exchanged by Middlesbrough Borough Council and its partners. It also describes how long that information is normally kept and the limited circumstances in which Middlesbrough Borough Council may disclose it.

Where are ANPR cameras in operation?

Middlesbrough Council have commissioned an ANPR survey to be conducted using cameras at the locations identified in the map in Appendix 1.  The survey will last for exactly 1 week, with data being captured throughout the entire period of the survey.

How does the ANPR survey operate?

The ANPR survey is being undertaken for the following purposes:

  • Gaining vehicle emission standards information
  • To determine origin-destination vehicle journeys to help us improve the road network
  • Road network management
  • Monitoring of journey times to improve traffic flow
  • Compliance monitoring/reporting for MBC initiatives

What type of data is being collected?

  • The ANPR cameras capture number plate data from vehicles. This is recorded in images via the rolling cameras recording, and transported in to text data using sophisticated bespoke software managed by the commissioned survey company.

How long are the ANPR data and images retained?

Text data, ie, the vehicle registration itself and the photographic image are normally retained for a maximum period of 2 years.

Can I see what information MBC holds on me?

Yes. The Council has a duty under the Data Protection Act to provide individuals with access to information about themselves on request. You can request this information by completing a Subject Access Request Form.

Does MBC share this information with the Police?

Yes, under the following two provisions:

  • MBC ANPR survey is being undertaken as part of air quality and traffic management assessments
  • Section 29 of the Data Protection Act 1998 permits the disclosure of ANPR data to the police where not releasing it would be likely to prejudice any attempt by the police to prevent or detect a crime, or capture and prosecute a suspect so we may be legally obligated to disclose data gathered by other ANPR cameras in response to valid requests from the police and other statutory law enforcement agencies.Before we authorise any disclosure, the police have to demonstrate that the data concerned will assist them in the prevention or detection of a specific crime, or in the apprehension or prosecution of an offender.Each request is dealt with on a strictly case-by-case basis to ensure that any such disclosure is lawful and in accordance with the Data Protection Act

Is the information shares with any third parties?

Middlesbrough Council will be sharing this data with commissioned modelling consultants, who will use the information to inform transportation policy and option appraisal details. It will also be providing the information to the DfT (Department for Transport) in order to gain the required vehicle information for emissions.

MBC does not share or sell this information with any other organisation, nor is it used for marketing purposes.

Where does MBC store the information?

Data is held on secure servers and not transferred or managed by any third party elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

Data shared with the Police is held by the National ANPR Data Centre (NADC) and the data is accessible by all police forces and government agencies within the UK for the purposes and duration outlined on the main Home Office Police ANPR webpage.

Where can I find more information on the MBC ANPR Strategies / Policies and other relevant documentation?

Relevant information relating to the management and operation of ANPR can be found on the Information Commissioner Office: Code of Practice for Surveillance Cameras and Personal Information.

Should you require any further information please contact