Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Camera Privacy Notice

The information on this page explains how Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera infrastructure and data is used, stored and exchanged by Cornwall Council and its partners. It also describes how long that information is normally kept and the limited circumstances in which Cornwall Council may disclose it.

Where are ANPR cameras in operation?

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Cornwall Council operates ANPR cameras on the following roads:

  • A30 Eastbound and Westbound
  • A3047 Northbound, Eastbound, Southbound and Westbound
  • A3058 Northbound, Eastbound, Southbound and Westbound
  • A3059 Eastbound and Westbound
  • A3074 Northbound, Eastbound and Southbound
  • A3075 Northbound and Southbound
  • A374 Eastbound and Westbound
  • A38 Eastbound and Westbound
  • A388 Westbound
  • A389 Eastbound and Westbound
  • A39 Northbound, Eastbound, Southbound and Westbound
  • A390 Eastbound and Westbound
  • A392 Eastbound and Westbound
  • A394 Eastbound and Westbound
  • B3268 Northbound, Southbound and Westbound
  • B3277 Eastbound
  • B3284 Eastbound and Westbound
  • B3300 Northbound, Eastbound, Southbound and Westbound
  • B3301 Eastbound and Westbound
  • C0711 Eastbound and Westbound
  • C0720 Eastbound and Westbound
  • C0723 Eastbound and Westbound
  • C0724 Eastbound
  • C0730 Eastbound and Westbound
  • U6014 Eastbound and Westbound

At the following Cornwall Council Sites:

  • County Hall

At the following park and ride sites:

  • Langarth, Threemilestone
  • Tregurra, Truro

and at the following Car Park sites:

  • Carrick House Car Park (Truro)
  • Edward Street Car Park (Truro)
  • Moresk Car Park (Truro)
  • Pydar Street Car Park (Truro)
  • Viaduct Car Park (Truro)

The Data Controller for all the information you provide on this form is Cornwall Council, County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY.  Data Protection Registration Number: Z1745294

If you have any general queries regarding Cornwall Council ANPR Systems, please contact the Customer Services team on telephone number 0300 1234 222 or by emailing

Cornwall Council operates ANPR systems for the following purposes as part of fulfilling the public task:

  • To assist the Local Authority in their enforcement and regulatory functions within Cornwall
  • To assist in developing the economic well-being of Cornwall
  • Management of origin-destination vehicle journeys to help improve the road network
  • Real time traffic monitoring and road networking management
  • Monitoring journey times to improve traffic flows
  • To assist in traffic management and encourage safer, more sustainable use of multi-modal transport and provide travel information to the media and public
  • The prevention and detection of crime
  • To assist in supporting civil enforcement proceedings
  • Compliance monitoring/reporting for Cornwall Council initiatives

Cornwall Council ANPR systems have been installed as part of a joint initiative between Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police for which there is a Memorandum of Understanding to share data.  This document is signed by Paul Masters, Cornwall Council's Senior Information Responsible Officer and Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Head of Operations for Devon and Cornwall Police.

Schedule 2, Part 1, Paragraph 2 of the Data Protection Act 2018 permits the disclosure of ANPR data to the police where not releasing it would be likely to prejudice any attempt by the police to prevent or detect a crime, or capture and prosecute a suspect so we may be legally obligated to disclose data gathered by other ANPR cameras in response to valid requests from the police and other statutory law enforcement agencies.

The data is held on secure servers in Cornwall Council owned and managed buildings within Cornwall.

Other than those listed above, data is not transferred or managed by any third party elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

Data is also held on Cornwall Council’s externally hosted Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) system for the purposes of Intelligent Transport System (ITS). Data is shared and stored via government approved secure connections.

Text data, ie, the vehicle registration itself and the photographic image are normally retained for a maximum period of 5 years.

Your personal information belongs to you and you have the right to:

  • be informed of how we will process it
  • request a copy of what we hold about you and in commonly used electronic format if you wish (if you provided this to us electronically for automated processing, we will return it in the same way)
  • object to us using it for marketing or research purposes
  • request that a person reviews an automated decision where it has had an adverse effect on you

If you would like to access any of the information we hold about you or have concerns regarding the way we have processed your information, please contact:-

Simon Mansell, Data Protection Officer, Assurance, Cornwall Council, County Hall, Truro,TR1 3AY

Tel: 01872 326424

We would prefer any complaints to be made to us initially so that we have the opportunity to see if we can put things right.  However,  if you are unhappy with the way we have processed your information or how we have responded to your request to exercise any of your rights in relation to your data, you can raise your concerns direct with the Information Commissioner’s Office Tel No. 0303 123 1113   

To assist in undertaking statutory and non-statutory duties as an employer and/or public authority undertaking public tasks. This may be for example, in the form of a request for service you are requiring, managing the road network as part of the Highways Act 1980, management of an office site, etc.

Cornwall Council uses this vehicle registration plate information for the purpose of assisting the authority to improve the road network and traffic flows as well as monitoring traffic in real time to inform on future council initiatives, compliance monitoring/reporting for Cornwall Council initiatives, etc.  Further details are available in the Code of Practice detailed below.