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CCTV Code of Practice

The University uses CCTV across its campuses to ensure site security and the safety of staff, students and visitors. Since these systems invariably require the processing of personal data, their use must comply with the Data Protection Act. In accordance with guidance from the UK Information Commissioner, the University has adopted the following Code of Practice for the use of CCTV:


Download the CCTV Code of Practice in PDF format.



Requests for CCTV images


Request by data subjects for CCTV images

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives individuals the right of access to their personal data, which includes CCTV images. Information on how to request these images is provided in these Guidance Notes, together with a request form which can be used to make a request.


Request by third parties for CCTV images

Requests for images of third parties made by the Police or authorities with prosecuting powers will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998. Any other third party requests will be treated as requests under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to section 12.3 of the University’s CCTV Code of Practice for further information and guidance.


All types of requests for CCTV images should be submitted to:

Head, Campus Services

Room 6.B.24

Sighthill Campus


EH11 4BN