Sunday, April 3, 2011

Police Snoop on Neighbors and Ex-Girlfriends via Classified Computer Data

Dozens of police are alleged to have beached data protection laws by accessing classified data on current partners, ex-partners, neighbors, and family members. In many cases the data was used for personal gain or passed on to third parties.

As a result of the 84 privacy breaches 13 officers were dismissed, 7 resigned and numerous others were given final warnings.
Police superintendent allegedly checked the whereabouts of an ex-partner and information about her current boyfriend using the police computer system.
"The public rightly expect that we maintain the security and integrity of all information held on police databases and it is paramount that we maintain their confidence in our ability to do so.” - Spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary
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Sources:
(a) Lancashire Police officers dismissed for breaching data laws - Big Brother Watch, March 31, 2011


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