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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Why are the police telling private businesses to not provide their CCTV to victims of crime due to GDPR rules?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

It is a matter for individual businesses to decide what they choose to share with members of the public under GDPR. If a company holds CCTV that will assist police in their investigation, or a member of the public is told by a private company that such CCTV exists, then best practice is for the investigating officer to be informed so that they can collect and review it. Victims taking possession of such CCTV rather than police does have the potential to cause evidential issues however police policy is that they should not advise private businesses on data law.