Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Police Officer Fined for Data Privacy Breach on Police Computers

A law officer was fined more than £2,000 and lost his job after being caught using police systems to access information about "individuals known to him socially".

The fines and resignation are a result of an investigation launched by anti-corruption officers based on complaints within the force about the officer's actions.
"We have to ensure the information we hold as a police service is managed appropriately and responsibly and we will take action against anyone who takes advantage of their position to access inappropriate information." - Jon Green, of the force's professional standards
The officer admitted four counts of breaching the Data Protection Act. The Court fined him £250 for each of the four offences, told him to pay £1,000 in court costs and £15 to victims of crime.
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(a) Ex-Hertfordshire constable Adrian Moir fined over data breach - BBC, March 23, 2012

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