Sunday, May 27, 2012

Police Misuse of Computer Database Violates Data Privacy

A police officer is accused of accessing the "Crimefile" computer system to violate the privacy of his wife's tenant. The officer is also accused of obtaining the personal information of a relative, without authority.

The person making the compliant said that the landlord of an apartment he wanted to rent told him that she knew about his criminal past. He said: "She told me ... everyone deserves a second chance and that was why she was letting me sign the lease."

The officer denies 11 charges under the Data Protection Act of accessing the Police Station computer system without the consent of the data controller, between October 1 and November 16 2009 and obtaining personal information without authority.
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Sources:
(a) Police officer on trial for using files to vet one of his wife's tenants - STV.TV, April 20, 2012

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