Covert use of  CCTV for the purpose of detecting and preventing Waste and Litter offences

Data Protection Acts 1988 -2018 (as amended) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Covert use of  CCTV for the purpose of detecting and preventing Waste and Litter offences

Data Subject Notification.


The use of recording mechanisms to monitor individuals and obtain their data without the individual’s knowledge is generally unlawful. The use of covert surveillance (CCTV) by the Council will be an exception and is normally only permitted on a case by case basis, where necessary and proportionate for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties

The purpose of this notification is to set out some information regarding the collection and processing of your information by Monaghan County Council.  During the course of our activities we will collect, store and process personal data using covert CCTV surveillance systems for the purpose of preventing waste and litter offences under the Litter Pollution and Waste Management Acts. Monaghan County Council is the data controller in respect of this data.

Monaghan County Council creates, collects and processes a significant amount of ‘personal data’ and ‘sensitive personal data’ in various multiple formats daily. Our commitment is to ensure that the personal data supplied is:

  • Obtained lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner
  • Collected for only specified, explicit and legitimate purposes,
  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purpose for which it was obtained,
  • Recorded, stored accurately and where necessary kept up to date,
  • Kept for no longer that is necessary, and, in a form, which permits identification of the data subject,
  • Processed in a manner that ensures the appropriate security of the personal data including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing of the data.

In fulfilling our role as a Data Controller, Monaghan County Council will ensure that personal data collected using Covert CCTV surveillance systems will be in line with the data protection principles outlined above.

For full details of the collection, processing and sharing of your personal data by us and your rights in this regard, please see our full  Privacy Notice on the website.

What data we collect and process using Covert CCTV Surveillance systems

The types of personal data that we will collect, and process will include your Name, Address, Email address, Car Registration Numbers

We will not collect any Special Category Personal Data.

Why do we collect this personal data?

We collect and process this information to manage and administer the relationship between you and us for the purpose of detecting waste and littering offences and investigating same.

Lawfulness of processing

We process this personal data in the exercise of official authority vested in as the controller under the Litter Pollution Act 1997 (Section 25 & 27 as amended) and Section 14 (1) (a) of the Waste Management Act 1996 (as amended) and Article 6(1)(e) GDPR and Part 5 of Data Protection Act 2018.

Sharing of Personal Data

We may share your Personal Data with selected third parties, including for example TSS Litter Solutions acting on behalf of the Council, Legal Representatives and other government agencies, where required to do so by law. We may also share your data with other Local Authorities, suppliers and other third parties who assist us in fulfilling our functions. Further information regarding the sharing of your personal data can be found in our Privacy Notice which is available at: Privacy Notice.

Access to the images

A person whose images has been recorded and retained and who wishes access to the data must apply in writing to the Data protection Officer at Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan H18 YT50, by email to or by contacting the Environment Section, Carrickmacross Civic offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. by email to

Further information regarding the processing of Personal data, using CCTV and Surveillance systems can be found in our CCTV policy which is available on our website.

Access requests in relation to Data processed for Law Enforcement purposes.

Under Section 94 of the Data Protection Act 2018, access rights are restricted where this restriction is necessary and proportionate for the purpose of:

  • avoiding obstructing official or legal inquiries, investigations or procedures;
  • avoiding prejudicing the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties;
  • protecting public security;
  • protecting national security, or
  • protecting the rights and freedoms of other persons.



If you have any questions regarding our processing of your Personal Data, our Data Protection Officer can be contacted

by email:

by phone: (047)30507

Postal Address: Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan