Bedfordshire Police Headquarters,
Woburn Road, Kempston,
Bedford, MK43 9AX
Telephone: 01234 842547
10th January 2020
Our Ref: FOI2019/07771
REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 Ref No: FOI2019/07771
I write in connection with your request for information received on 11th December. I note you seek access to the following information:
Am I correct in understanding that ANPR cameras are installed solely for the purpose of monitoring security and safety prevention, or are there other uses and are there any external agencies other then the police who can access information registered on vehicles recorded.
I am required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.
Following enquiries within the Constabulary please see our response below.
ANPR is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at local, regional and national level. This includes travelling criminals, organised crime groups and terrorists. It is also used to protect vulnerable people such as high risk missing people. We work with other law enforcement agencies but do not share ANPR data with third parties. There are strict policies and guidance around the use and management of ANPR data as well as legislative requirements such as the Data Protection Act 2018 that are over seen by organisations such as the Information Commissioners Office and the Surveillance Commissioners Office.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the above reference number.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary provides you the right to request an independent review of this response under its review procedure. If you require such a review you must notify us within two months from the date of this letter. After lodging a complaint with Cambridgeshire Constabulary if you are still dissatisfied with the decision you may make an application to the Information Commissioner. For information on how to make a complaint please visit their website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or contact them on 0303 123 1113.