Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

The Council uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in a range of spaces, including public spaces, Council buildings and properties, and, schools.

CCTV will be used for the following purposes:

  • promoting and supporting Community Safety
  • preventing and detecting crime
  • protecting Council property and assets
  • creating and supporting a safe environment for employees and public within Council properties, and, in public areas where the Council is carrying out operations
  • combating and reducing anti-social behaviour
  • traffic management

In addition to Council Policies and procedures, CCTV operation and use are subject to legislative obligations, such as:

  • Data Protection Legislation; including the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), UK  General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR)
  • Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA)
  • Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOI(S)A)
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 (RIP(S)A)

Consideration must be given as to whether the use of CCTV is necessary, proportionate and in compliance with legislative requirements, in both its application and purpose.

A Privacy Notice explaining how personal information on CCTV is collected, stored, managed and shared is available on our Privacy Notices page.

The Information Commissioner’s Office regulates compliance with UK Data Protection legislation. They have issued Guidance on video surveillance (including cctv).

Public Space CCTV

Public Space CCTV cameras are owned and maintained by Moray Council. They are located in: Buckie, Elgin, Forres, Keith and Lossiemouth. These cameras are monitored and operated by Police Scotland.

The Council complies with the Scottish Government’s National Strategy for Public Space CCTV in Scotland (2011), which sets out a common set of principles that operators of public space CCTV systems in Scotland should follow to ensure that these systems are operated lawfully and fairly. Further information is available:

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