Privacy & Cookie Policy

This privacy policy outlines how we will meet the requirements of relevant legislation to protect your personal data, including what we will do to protect your personal information, and how we will use it within our business.

Thank you for trusting us with your personal information.

By providing us with your information you confirm that you are over 13 years of age.

North Broadcast Ltd (referred to as “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice) is the data controller and as such is responsible for your personal data.

1. Introduction

This notice informs you of our policy regarding all information we hold and record about you. It sets out the conditions under which we may process any personal information that you provide to us. It covers information that could identify you (“personal information”) and information that could not identify you. In the context of the law “process” means to collect, store, transfer, use or otherwise act on information.

We take the protection of your privacy and confidentiality seriously. We understand that all visitors to our website are entitled to trust that their personal information will not be used for any purpose unintended by them, and will not accidentally be transferred to a third party.

We undertake to preserve the confidentiality of all information you provide to us, and trust that you reciprocate.

It is very important that the information we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please let us know if at any time your personal information changes by emailing us.

Our policy complies with UK law including the requirements of General Data Protection Regulations and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

2. Camera Privacy

Public web cameras for tourism and advertising purposes that broadcast live on the internet can legally operate, without any license, if they are located in a public place and are not used for any indecent activity.

2.1. Your Privacy

Most of our live streams are scenic and coastal views that rarely have people in shot however where member of the public may get close to our cameras, we have signage in place to make members of the public aware.

The exact locations of all our cameras are provided on this website.

Although not encouraged our cameras have become the reason to visit a specific location and many tourists like to try hard to get into the shot so they can promote this on their social channels.

We have a strict policy about posting any images on our social channels that might be able to identify someone. These are deleted and the person warned and referred to our forum guidelines.

Privacy has been considered for every location and we deploy several techniques to minimise the identification of individuals. Resolution is downgraded in our town centre public locations and views are deliberately kept wide angle making people look small and distant. We also make sure that our PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras only pause for short periods in any one area.

Sound is an important element of our destination marketing platform however our cameras do not have the capability to capture sound. Instead, we use specialised sound capture equipment to provide high quality binaural ambient sound and we merge this onto the live stream. Often the location is some distance from the camera as we only use sound where appropriate and where privacy concerns have been fully considered.

If an emergency occurred that could be captured by our cameras, we would endeavour to cut the live feed as soon as we are made aware. In addition, we have implemented automated systems with trusted third parties where the live streams are taken down as part of their own emergency procedures. These are tested on a regular basis and the live stream is only reinstated once confirmation has been received that the incident has ended.

2.2. How We Use Video and Still Images Captured

Our live streams are used solely for destination marketing and promotion for the Shetland Islands by streaming live video feeds onto this website for general public viewing.

Our cameras or our live streams are not in any way connected, used or affiliated with the police or any local authority and are not used for any surveillance, crime prevention and detection, traffic management or public safety purposes. Some of our live streams have the ability to rewind up to 12H or 24H to allow people in different time zones to see the islands in daylight. Data is overwritten after this period.

We may, however, from time to time, record and store video recordings of events that are of public interest such as, for example, aurora, seabirds nesting, sunsets, extreme weather, special events, exceptionally high tides and so on.

Such video recordings may also be published on our social media pages. We may also use still images taken from our web cameras to publish on our social media pages.

No one may record, store or use any footage captured by our web cameras, for any reason, without prior permission.

All live video streams are distributed by our own dedicated and privately owned ZETCAST content delivery network (CDN) to avoid this being shared with any other third party.

We do not link to any other webcam streams, and therefore own the video and audio workflow from glass to glass i.e., from the camera to the viewer.

2.3 Your Rights

You have the following rights:

  • To be told that a public web camera is being used using clearly visible and legible signage at each camera location.
  • You can request a copy of any footage where your image is identifiable.
  • You can request us to erase any footage that we have of you.
  • You can request that we do not capture any footage of you in future.
  • We must respond to your request within one month.

These are related to CCTV systems however as our network is not designed for surveillance, we are unlikely to be able to locate any image after a period of 24 hours has expired.

For further information about your rights, please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office or your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

2.4 Reporting A Breach of Privacy

You can report any general issues or a potential breach of privacy by emailing

3. Who we are

Legal nameNorth Broadcast Ltd

4. How we process information about you

The law requires that we process personal information under one of six defined bases and to notify you of the basis for each category. If a basis on which we process your personal information is no longer relevant then we shall immediately stop processing your data.

If the basis changes then, if required by law, we shall notify you of the change and of any new basis under which we have determined that we can continue to process your information.

5. Information we process as a contractual obligation

When you contact us about a service we provide as part of our business, create an account on our website (buy a product or service from us, or otherwise agree to our terms and conditions) a contract is formed between you and us. Any processing of information that may lead to a contract - e.g. contacting us to enquire about a service or product - is also processed in this way as it may lead to a contractual obligation.

In order to carry out our obligations under that contract we must process the information you give us. Some of this information may be personal information.

We may use it in order to:

  • verify your identity for security purposes
  • sell products to you
  • provide you with our services
  • provide you with suggestions and advice on products, services and how to obtain the most from using our website

We process this information on the basis there is a contract between you and us, or that you have requested we use the information before we enter into a legal contract.

Additionally, we may aggregate this information in a general way and use it to provide information to monitor our performance with respect to a particular service we provide. If we use it for this purpose, you as an individual are not personally identifiable.

Through certain actions when there is no contractual relationship between us, such as when you browse our website or ask us to provide you with more information about our business, products or services, you are providing your consent to us to process information that may be personal information.

Wherever possible, we aim to obtain your explicit consent to process this information.

Sometimes you might give your consent implicitly, such as when you send us a message by email to which you would reasonably expect us to reply.

Except where you have consented to our use of your information for a specific purpose, we do not use your information in any way that would identify you personally. We may aggregate it in a general way and use it to provide information, for example to monitor the performance of a particular page on our website.

We continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw your consent or it can be reasonably assumed that your consent no longer exists.

You may withdraw your consent at any time by instructing us, or by choosing to unsubscribe from emails that we send you.

7. Information we process for the purposes of legitimate interests

We may process information on the basis there is a legitimate interest, either to you or to us, in doing so. Where we process your information on this basis, we do so after having given careful consideration to:

  • whether the same objective could be achieved through other means
  • whether processing (or not processing) might cause you harm
  • whether you would expect us to process your data, and whether you would consider it reasonable to do so.

For example, we may process your data on this basis for the purposes of:

  • record-keeping for the proper and necessary administration of our organisation/business
  • responding to unsolicited communication from you to which we believe you would expect a response
  • protecting and asserting the legal rights of any party
  • insuring against or obtaining professional advice that is required to manage organisational/business risk
  • protecting your interests where we believe we have a duty to do so.

We are subject to the law like everyone else. Sometimes, we must process your information in order to comply with a statutory obligation, such as HMRC tax or insurance obligations.

We may be required to give information to legal authorities if they request it or if they have the proper authorisation such as a search warrant or court order. This may include your personal information.

9. Sending a message via our website or contacting our support team

When you contact us, whether by telephone, through our website or by email, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.

We record your request and our reply in order to increase the efficiency of our business.

We keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high quality service.

10. Complaints regarding content on our website

If you complain about any of the content on our website, we shall investigate your complaint.

If we feel it is justified or if we believe the law requires us to do so, we shall remove the content while we investigate.

11. Complaints received about our business

If we receive a complaint, we record all the information you have given to us. We use that information to resolve your complaint.

If your complaint reasonably requires us to contact another party, we may decide to give that party some of the information contained in your complaint. We do this as infrequently as possible, but it is a matter for our sole discretion as to whether we do give information, and if we do, what that information is.

We may also compile statistics showing information obtained from this source to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify you or any other person.

Use of information we collect through automated systems when you visit our website

12. Cookies and Local Storage


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer’s hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved.

Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser. Others last indefinitely.

Our website uses cookies. They are placed by software that operates on our servers, and by software operated by third parties whose services we use.

Some examples of how cookies may be used:

  • to track how you use our website
  • to record what is held in a shopping basket
  • to record whether you have seen specific messages we display on our website
  • to record your answers to surveys and questionnaires on our site while you complete them.

Local storage

Local storage is a component of the Web storage application programming interface. It is a method by which Web pages locally store named key/value pairs inside a client’s Web browser. Similar to cookies, this saved data exists even when you close a browser tab, surf away from the current website or close the main browser.


You can find more information about the individual cookie and local storage data we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

Cookie / Local Storage Example Name(s) Purpose
Cookie Consent cookieconsent_status This cookie stores the status of the cookie consent message that appears when you first use this website.
Disqus disqus_unique
Disqus uses several cookies to remember your Disqus login information and for you to be able to leave comments on this website.

You can learn more about the Disqus cookies by reading and you can opt out from getting these cookies by following the instructions on this page
GeoIP geoip_location
The website stores an approximate location for your IP address, rounded to the nearest degree. This data is used to determine the closest webcam server to your location, which helps improve load time and video quality.
Google Analytics _ga
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies to help collect data on how users use this website. Information about the cookies set by Google, and their purpose, can be found at: Google's Privacy Policy can be found at:

To opt-out of analysis by Google Analytics, both on this website and other websites, please see
JW Player jwplayer.bandwidthEstimate
This website uses video players provided by JW Player. Local storage is used to remember your preferences and other data. For example, current volume state, current mute state, and last known bandwidth.

Please refer to the JW Player privacy policy for further information.
MarineTraffic AIS Widget __cfduid
On some pages on this website, we may embed 'AIS' map widgets provided by MarineTraffic to display ship positions.

MarineTraffic use cookies and web log files to: "track site usage and trends, to improve the quality of our service, to customize your experience on MarineTraffic, as well as to deliver MarineTraffic and third-party advertising to Users". Please refer to the Marine Traffic privacy policy for further information.
MarineTraffic AIS Widget __cfduid
On some pages on this website, we may embed 'AIS' map widgets provided by MarineTraffic to display ship positions.

MarineTraffic use cookies and web log files to: "track site usage and trends, to improve the quality of our service, to customize your experience on MarineTraffic, as well as to deliver MarineTraffic and third-party advertising to Users". Please refer to the Marine Traffic privacy policy for further information.
Video.JS videojs-vhs This website uses video players provided by Video.JS. Local storage is used to remember bandwidth and throughput, for assisting with automatic stream quality selection.
On some pages on this website, we may embed videos from YouTube. YouTube uses cookies to track visitor views, and to remember user preferences when viewing YouTube videos embedded in our website web pages. More information about YouTube cookies.

Your web browser should allow you to delete any cookies or local storage that you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.

If you choose to prevent the use of cookies through your browser settings, you will not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

13. Personal identifiers from your browsing activity

Requests by your web browser to our servers for web pages and other content on our website are recorded.

We record information such as your geographical location, your Internet service provider and your IP address. We also record information about the software you are using to browse our website, such as the type of computer or device and the screen resolution.

We use this information in aggregate to assess webpage popularity and server performance.

If combined with other information we know about you from previous visits, the data possibly could be used to identify you personally, even if you are not signed in to our website.

Disclosure and sharing of your information

14. Information we obtain from third parties

Although we do not disclose your personal information to any third party (except as set out in this notice), we sometimes receive data that is indirectly made up from your personal information from third parties whose services we use. No such information is personally identifiable to you.

15. Service Providers

We may use the following third-party service providers named below to process and store your data:

Provider Description We use cdnjs - - to provide hosting for some code libraries used by this website.
DatoCMS We use DatoCMS - - to provide hosting for some image files on this website.
Disqus, Inc. This website uses an embed widget provided by Disqus - - to provide comments functionality. For information about their privacy policy please see
Google Inc. We may use services from Google Inc. to provide various services on this website, including 'Google Analytics' to help collect data on how users use this website, and 'Google Fonts' to provide hosting for font files. Google's Privacy Policy can be found at:
JW Player This site uses JW Player (trademark of Longtail Ad Solutions, Inc.) - - to provide video player interfaces on some pages, including hosting for these video players.
ipstack This website uses a service from, provided by apilayer GmbH, to determine your IP address and the location of your IP address. This data is used in order to select the closest webcam server to your location.
NB Communication Ltd We use NB Communication Ltd - - to provide website hosting and marketing services on our behalf.
Netlify We use Netlify - - to provide hosting for this website on their global content distribution network.
Video.JS This site uses Video.js - - to provide video player interfaces on some pages, including hosting for these video players.

16. Third party advertising on our website

Third parties may advertise on our website. In doing so, those parties, their agents or other companies working for them may use technology that automatically collects information about you when their advertisement is displayed on our website.

They may also use other technology such as cookies or JavaScript to personalise the content of, and to measure the performance of their adverts.

We do not have control over these technologies or the data that these parties obtain. Accordingly, this privacy notice does not cover the information practices of these third parties.

17. Data may be processed outside the European Union

We may use outsourced services in countries outside the European Union from time to time in aspects of our business.

Accordingly, data obtained within the UK or any other country could be processed outside the European Union.

For example, some of the software our website uses may have been developed in the United States of America or in Australia.

We use the following safeguards with respect to data transferred outside the European Union:

  • the processor is bound to data protection requirements within their own country – for example the US/EU Privacy Shield, the Canadian Privacy Act, the Australian Privacy Act etc.
  • the data protection clauses in our contracts with data processors include transfer clauses written by or approved by a supervisory authority in the European Union, specifically that in the country of the United Kingdom.
  • we comply with a code of conduct approved by a supervisory authority in the European Union, specifically that in the country of the United Kingdom.

Access to your own information

18. Your Rights

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to receive further communication from us please contact us.

19. Access to your personal information

To obtain a copy of any information that is not provided on our website you may send us a request at After receiving the request, we will confirm we have received your request and will provide you with the information within the 28 day period required.

20. Removal of your information

If you wish us to remove personally identifiable information from our website, you may contact us at This may limit the service we can provide to you.

21. Verification of your information

When we receive any request to access, edit or delete personal identifiable information we shall first take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or otherwise taking any action. This is important to safeguard your information.

Other matters

When you click on links on our website, they may direct you away from our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.

23. Use of site by children

We do not sell products or provide services for purchase by children, nor do we market to children.

If you are under 18, you may use our website only with consent from a parent or guardian.

24. Encryption of data sent between us

We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to verify our identity to your browser and to encrypt any data you give us.

Whenever information is transferred between you and us, you can check that it is done using SSL by looking for a closed padlock symbol or other trust mark in your browser’s URL bar or toolbar.

25. How you can complain

If you are not happy with our privacy policy or if have any complaint then you should contact us.

If a dispute is not settled then we hope you will agree to attempt to resolve it by engaging in good faith with us in a process of mediation or arbitration.

If you are in any way dissatisfied about how we process your personal information, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office. This can be done at

26. Retention period for personal data

Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal information only for as long as required by us:

  • to provide you with the services you have requested;
  • to comply with other law, including for the period demanded by our tax authorities;
  • to support a claim or defence in court.

27. Compliance with the law

Our privacy policy has been compiled so as to comply with the law of every country or legal jurisdiction in which we aim to do business. If you think it fails to satisfy the law of your jurisdiction, we should like to hear from you. It is your choice as to whether you wish to use our website.

28. Review of this privacy policy

We will update this privacy notice from time to time as necessary. The terms that apply to you are those outlined here on our website on the day you use our website. If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us.

29. Further information on General Data Protection Regulations

For up to date information on your rights under the General Data Protection Regulations, please check the website of the Information Commissioner:

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