Disclosure Details

ANPR - 580/13

Dated: 19 Aug 2013

Date of request:     29/07/2013

Date of response:   14/08/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 29 July 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. How many fixed ANPR cameras are there in your force area that record data for the police? 

  2. Has your police service conducted a privacy-impact assessment on those fixed ANPR cameras and the data they record? 

  3. Can you please provide me with a copy of the ANPR camera privacy-impact assessments that have been conducted since January 1st 2011. If necessary, redact the precise location of the cameras.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. 54 cameras

  2. No information held. Northumbria Police have not conducted any formal Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) with regard to Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) locations. The requirement for privacy impact assessments to be conducted is currently being reviewed.

    Although the Information Commissioners Office recommends, where possible, PIAs be carried out where there may be implications for people's privacy, there has been no mandate for PIAs to have been conducted in relation to ANPR.
    ANPR is used to help detect, disrupt and deter criminality at all levels (local, force, regional and national) and is effective against travelling criminals, organised crime groups and terrorism.    

    The ANPR infrastructure has been developed over several years at locations determined as relevant to those purposes. At the time of development the recommendations for PIAs were not in place.
    The requirement for a more formal approach to the PIA arises from the Code of Practice issued under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 that comes into force on 12th August 2013 and any future developments of ANPR will be consistent with the requirements.

  3. No information held.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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