FOI Request (FOI-1860)
Dear Sir or Madam, I would like to make a Freedom of Information Act request for information pertaining to existing CCTV cameras currently maintained by or known to the Council in the Borough of Hackney for all purposes (including traffic monitoring and community safety). I would be grateful for these to be listed with geographic coordinates where possible (with other location information provided where this is not possible) in an Excel or csv format, showing any registration number, the coordinates, and any other relevant data regarding the location and purpose of each camera. Response to this request should be made to @co.uk. Please could you confirm receipt of this request, and if possible, provide an approximate timeframe for it.
Re: Freedom of Information Request.
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received 5 November 2018. Your request has been considered and our response is in bold below.
You requested the following:
I would like to make a Freedom of Information Act request for information pertaining to existing CCTV cameras currently maintained by or known to the Council in the Borough of Hackney for all purposes (including traffic monitoring and community safety). I would be grateful for these to be listed with geographic coordinates where possible (with other location information provided where this is not possible) in an Excel or csv format, showing any registration number, the coordinates, and any other relevant data regarding the location and purpose of each camera.
The Council’s Response
To complete a full audit of all of the cameras and then establish and supply the additional information requested would fall well beyond the 18 hrs allowed for as per the Freedom of Information Act. The information you requested is therefore exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; where cost of compliance exceed the appropriate limit.
CCTV cameras are used by many departments in the borough and have many and varied uses for example: some are solely trained on fire and security doors, others are used for reversing lorries, some measure waste heaps, others that count traffic, there are also cameras that enforce traffic violations and there are others that are used to prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour (this list is not exhaustive). Each of these cameras are the assets of the department that has installed them. Many of the cameras, especially those that are installed on vehicles are constantly on the move, so the question of their geographical location is unanswerable.
However, if your interest is in Town Center cameras monitored and maintained by the Civil Protection Service for crime and disorder purposes (some of which are also used by Parking Services for enforcement of moving traffic offences) then all the information requested and much more can be found by clicking on the following link: https://hackney.gov.uk/cctv
Section 12: Where cost of compliance exceed appropriate limit
A public authority is not obliged to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit. Staff time based upon a rate of £25 per hour is limited to £450 (18 hours) for public authorities. This is an absolute exemption.
It is estimated that the cost of providing you with the information above is the amount to which we are legally required to respond, as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. In the case of the London Borough of Hackney, the appropriate limit is £450 which has been calculated to equate to a total of 18 hours of staff time at a rate of £25ph
Section 16 also places a duty on a public authority to provide advice and assistance to someone making an information request, including helping an applicant refine a request, so that it can be answered within the appropriate costs limit. Therefore, please clarify the nature of your request by being more specific, taking into account the number of CCTVs in operation in relation to our comments above.
Any reformulated request the department receives from you will be treated as a new enquiry under the FOIA 2000. Please submit your FOI requests to the Information Management Team via our webform https://hackney.gov.uk/foi-request or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appeals & Complaints Procedure
If you are dissatisfied with this response and wish to appeal, please write to the Information Management Team and this will be dealt with through our Internal Review procedure.
Information Management Team - Governance
London Borough of Hackney
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
London E8 1DY
Your request for an internal review should be submitted to us within 40 working days of receipt by you of this response. Any such request received after this time will only be considered at the discretion of the Council.
If you are still not satisfied following the Internal Review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at the contact details provided below.
Information Commissioner"s Office
Telephone: 01625 545 700
Information Management Team