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Camera Systems We Operate

Our CCTV is used to capture, record and monitor images of what takes place at our stations and car parks and on our trains, in real time. In limited circumstances we use body worn cameras which make audio visual recordings.

Depending on the type of camera, images are recorded on video tape (analogue) or as digital information. Cameras can be fixed or set to scan an area. In some circumstances they can be operated remotely by controllers.

Why We Operate CCTV Cameras

We operate CCTV for the following purposes

  • Health and safety of employees, passengers and other members of the public
  • Prevention and detection of crime and anti social behaviour

Camera Locations

We operate cameras at the stations and car parks we manage and on the trains that we run. Network Rail operate the cameras at some stations that our services stop at. These are shown below:

  • London Bridge
  • London Victoria

Applications for CCTV footage at these stations should be made to Network Rail. Contact details can be found at

Length of time CCTV footage is kept

The general retention periods for CCTV is shown below. This period may vary, depending on the location and system in use.

  • CCTV footage at stations is generally held for 31 days from the time of recording
  • CCTV footage on trains is held for a maximum of 7 days from the time of recording

How to access your CCTV personal data

You can request copies of images or footage of yourself by making a subject access request. The Personal Data section within the Customer Service section on this site explains the information you will need to provide and the charge we make.

Disclosing personal data to the police

At our discretion, we may disclose personal data in response to valid requests from the police and other statutory law enforcement agencies.

Before we authorise any disclosure, the police have to demonstrate that the personal data is necessary to assist them in the prevention or detection of a specific crime, or in the apprehension or prosecution of an offender.

Requests from the police are dealt with on a case-by-case basis to ensure that any such disclosure is lawful in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Sharing CCTV footage with other third parties

Some of our CCTV infrastructure is shared with the British Transport Police under a data sharing agreement.


In certain agreed circumstances, they may take control of a limited number of cameras and use them for activities such as the prevention and detection of crime and anti social behaviour, policing major events and crowd control. Southern is not responsible for the CCTV when it is in the control of a third party.

We may also disclose personal data to third parties, if required to by law. The Data Protection Act allows us to do this where the request is supported by:

  • evidence of the relevant legislation
  • a court order
  • CCTV on replacement buses

    Southern uses a number of companies to provide replacement buses during disruption or planned engineering. Any CCTV on these buses is the responsibility of the company that runs that particular service.

    If you require access to images of yourself recorded by a CCTV camera inside a replacement bus, you should contact the company that operates the service.

    External guidelines and best practice Southern operates its CCTV systems in compliance with the CCTV Code of Practice issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The Code describes best practice standards which should be followed by organisations operating devices which view or record images of individuals. It also covers other information derived from those images that relates to individuals (for example vehicle registration marks).

    2.Website Visits and Purchases


    This section shows the information we collect when you use our website. Before providing us with your details, please read the following important information.

    Collection and Use of Information

    By using the Southern website and its services, you consent to the collection and use of the information for the purposes set out below.

    Collection of Visitor Information

    We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

    The details you provide about yourself and any other information which identifies you (‘Personal Information’) is held by Southern on this website (the "Site") for operational purposes, for example member registration or processing payments. We may also use your Personal Information to personalise your experience on the Site by informing you of new products or services that we may think are of interest to you.

    Southern gathers general information about users, for example, what services users access the most and which areas of the Southern site are most frequently visited. Such data is used in the aggregate to help us to understand how the Southern site is used. We gather this information so that we can continue to improve and develop our services to benefit of our users. We may make this aggregated information available to users of the Southern site and also to auditors.

    When you register with Southern, enter a competition, or buy a ticket, we ask for personal information such as your name, date of birth, contact details, and other details. Once you register with Southern and accept our Terms & Conditions, you are not anonymous to us. We may use information that you provide to alert you to our own products and services. We may contact you regarding site changes or changes to the Southern products or services that you use.

    If you buy a ticket online with Southern, we will record your personal details and send you a confirmation email. Your personal data will be used principally to communicate with you with reference to your request.

    You may opt-in to receive newsletters, exclusive discounts, special offers and other marketing emails from Southern. You may unsubscribe at any time by logging in to your account and updating your preferences. Please note changes to your subscription preferences can take up to 21 days to take effect.

    Alternatively email us at, or write to Southern Customer Services, PO Box 10240, Ashby-De-La Zouche, LE65 9EB or telephone us on 03451 272920.

    Southern Hyperlinks

    We may provide hyperlinks from the Site to websites of third parties. No liability is accepted for the contents of any site operated by a third party which may be accessed via links from the Site. These links are provided for your convenience only and do not imply that Southern approves or recommends the content of such sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by Southern.

    Our Cookie Policy can be found here

    Access to our database containing personal information on registered users of the site is restricted. In order to increase security we ask you to input a password when you register as a user of the site. Please keep this password secret. In addition, we encrypt your financial information using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology so that no one else can access your credit card details as they travel through the Internet. SSL is certified by Verisign and is recognised as a secure way to pay on-line. As you may be aware, no data transmission over the Internet can be entirely secure. As a result, while we will always use reasonable endeavours to protect the personal information you provide to us, we cannot guarantee the security of your information and the use of our facilities (e.g. e-mail) is at your own risk. If you have any questions about paying for your ticket through the Site, please contact Customer Services.

    3.Smartcard (the key)CCTV

    When you register for “the key” Southern smartcard we will use the personal information you supply when applying for, or using, your registered key card.

    Personal details we hold

    For registered customers, the personal information we hold includes:

    • Name, address, email address, telephone number
    • Password / memorable information (encrypted)
    • Your marketing preferences
    • Your journey history

    We store the details of any payment cards used for auto top-up, to add pay as you go credit or to purchase season tickets. This information is encrypted and stored in line with payment card industry security standards.

    The Southern ticketing system records the location, date and time a key card is used to validate a journey.

    If you sign in to your online account, we will collect the IP address used by your computer for the purpose of fraud prevention and detection.

    Length of time we keep information

    Customer names and contact information associated with a registered key card will be retained for three years after the card was last used.

    We retain data about journey histories (products purchased on your key card for minimum of three years after the card is used. Details of debit or credit cards used to pay the administration fee, to add pay as you go credit or season tickets are retained securely for audit purposes by our payment providers.

    IP addresses are collected when you access your key online account and are retained securely.

    Accessing your personal information

    You can see your journey history by signing into your key online account or you can request a copy by calling Customer Services. You can also view your last eight journeys and the transaction details at touch-screen ticket machines at Southern stations.

    For access to other personal information please see the section on Subject Access requests.

    key card Privacy Notice

    Southern and its service providers, will use your personal information for the purposes of customer services and administration, the provision of travel related information, customer research and fraud prevention. If you use your key card in connection with other Train Operating Company products and services, or Transport for London products and services, you will also be authorising Southern to share your personal information with relevant Train Operating Companies (TOCs) and Transport for London so that they can use it for the same purposes. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

    In certain circumstances, Transport for London and relevant TOCs may also share your personal information with the police and other law enforcement agencies for the purposes of the prevention or detection of crime.

    4. Ticket Office Purchases - Season Ticket Records

    Personal details we hold

    When you buy a season ticket valid for one month or more, we keep a record of this on a database. We keep the following details:

    • Name, address and photo card number
    • Phone number and email if you provide them
    • The origin, destination and start and end date of season tickets you have purchased, along with any duplicate, replacement or refund of these
    • The method of payment used, but not any payment card details
    • How we use your personal data

      We use this information for customer services and administration, customer research and fraud prevention.

      We will only send you information about offers and promotions if you chose to receive it and you can change your marketing preferences at any time. We will not pass your personal information to any other organisation for marketing purposes without your prior consent.

      Sharing data with third parties

      If you have agreed to receive information for survey or research purposes, we may share your contact details with a limited number of parties, but only for the reasons you have agreed to.

      5.Revenue Protection and Penalty Fares

      Personal details we hold

      We may collect a range of personal detail during the course of revenue protection activity. This may include name, address, proof of ID, journey details, payment details, personal descriptions and other information you provide to support an appeal.

      we use your personal data

      We only use this information for the administration of the Penalty Fares scheme, collection of unpaid fares ,fraud prevention and the prosecution of travel offences.

      Sharing data with third parties

      We may share your correspondence with:

        The Independent Penalty Fares Appeal Service (IPFAS) if you appeal a Penalty Notice issued to you
      • Passenger Focus and London Travel Watch, if you have asked them to act on your behalf under a complaints handling procedure. Requests from ombudsmen are dealt with on a case-by-case basis to ensure that any such disclosure is lawful in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

      We may also share information with other Train Operating Companies for the purpose of fraud prevention. We will only do this where there is a formal data sharing agreement is in place.

      6.Customer Services

      We collect your information and comments when you contact us by letter, email, web form or phone.

      Personal details we hold

      We may hold your name, address, email address, phone number, our correspondence with you, the compensation claims you have made and payment made by us, proof of journey or other supporting information you may provide.

      To ensure that we carry have an accurate record of dealings between us (and for training purposes) we may, in certain circumstances, record or monitor telephone calls, however you will always be told when this happens.

      How we use your personal data

      This information is only used for administration of correspondence or processing claims you have made.

      Sharing data with third parties

      We may share your correspondence with Passenger Focus and London Travel Watch, if you have asked them to act on your behalf under a complaints handling procedure.

      Requests from ombudsmen are dealt with on a case-by-case basis to ensure that any such disclosure is lawful in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

      We may also share information with other Train Operating Companies for the purpose of fraud prevention. We will only do this where there is a formal data sharing agreement is in place.

      Station Help and Assistance Information Points

      On our stations we maintain Customer Help and Assistance Points. Depending on the service requested these are linked directly to our Control Centre or to National Rail Enquiries. Calls for Information or Assistance made to National Rail Enquiries are recorded and monitored, but no advance notice is given as this could result in a delay in the providing assistance.