Drones and aerial imagery capture privacy notice

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in Bradford Council's primary privacy notice.

This notice provides additional privacy information to describe how personal data captured by drone camera imagery within Bradford Council is used and protected.

Bradford Council is currently operating under the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Open Category regulations.

Drone Imagery we collect and use

Information collected by us

The information we collect will be the minimum we need to deliver our service.

Images and video recordings captured by drones are stored securely.

Any images or recordings not relevant to the purpose of the flight will be securely destroyed.

Images only are collected - we do not collect or store any personal information such as names, contact details or addresses.

How we use imagery from drones and aerial cameras 

We collect drone imagery for the following examples:

  • Investigating alleged dangerous structures
  • Aerial imagery for before and after infrastructure projects
  • Safety at sports grounds
  • creating photo realistic 3D digital models, promotional videos

How long images will be kept

We will not retain any imagery collected any longer than necessary and will hold any personal information in line with Bradford Council’s retention schedule. At its expiry date the information will be reviewed, and only retained where there is an on going requirement to retain for a statutory or legal purpose. Following this the images, including any personal information will be securely destroyed.

Reasons we can collect and use drone and aerial imagery

The lawful basis on which we will collect and use drone imagery is that

  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller

Who we will share drone imagery with

We may sometimes share the information that we have collected where it is necessary, lawful and fair to do so. We may share imagery captured by drones and SLR cameras for the following purposes:

  • Shared with partners where it is necessary for business purposes.
  • Shared publically as part of promotional material – in this instance any personal identifiers, such as car registration numbers would be removed or obscured.

Keeping your personal information secure

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing the drone imagery will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security incidents and we will notify you and the appropriate regulator of any incident where we are legally required to do so.

All drone operators will comply with the Civil Aviation Authority regulations:

Rights for individuals under UK GDPR

What are your rights?

Please contact the Corporate Information Governance Team at dpo@bradford.gov.uk to exercise any of your rights, or if you have a complaint about why your information has been collected, how it has been used or how long we have kept it for.

You can contact our Data Protection Officer at dpo@bradford.gov.uk  or write to: Data Protection Officer, City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY.

The UK GDPR also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office who are the supervisory authority responsible to regulate and monitor the legislative obligations within the UK and can be contacted on 03031 231113.

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Wed, Sep 13, 2023 at 11:32 AM

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