Body-worn cameras (BWC) have been introduced for use by Ministry of Justice Bailiffs.
This page details why we are using BWCs and how we collect, use, store and release the information gathered (BWC footage).
We use BWCs to record a Bailiff visit and:
Some reasons a Bailiff may visit a property include:
We follow the Privacy Act 2020 in the way we collect, use, store and release BWC footage.
BWCs are activated to record each time a Bailiff visits a person at their home or place of business.
The Bailiff begins recording just before they approach a property and stop recording when they leave the property.
Bailiffs will advise each person they interact that their BWC is recording. The same information, including a short privacy statement, is visible in print next to the BWC.
The BWC has a front-facing screen, so the person being visited can see what is being recorded.
The footage gathered by BWC can only be used for the purposes listed below:
Only a limited number of people within the Ministry of Justice (Ministry) can access BWC footage.
BWC footage is stored securely within Ministry systems.
Footage is deleted after 90 days, unless the Ministry determines there is a reason to keep it (for example, a complaint investigation or health and safety incident).
Anyone can request a copy of any footage recorded by a BWC. The Ministry will consider requests on a case-by-case basis, following the Privacy Act 2020 or Official Information Act 1982.
Please send requests for footage to the Ministry of Justice:
When you make a request, you should provide the information listed below, to allow us to locate the footage and assess your request:
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