Monday, June 4, 2012

Police Officer Bribed to Provide Personal Information from Police Computers

A police detective has been charged with unauthorized use of a computer and breach of trust for providing personal information on citizens to people not authorized to receive it.

The officer was paid by a cash loan company to provide name, address and phone numbers of 10 delinquent borrowers over a 17 month period. This is known as 'skip tracing' and is something police officers are prohibited from doing.
"Every member of our service when they start signs a confidentiality agreement. Every member of our service knows that accessing databases is for police use only."
- Kevin Brookwell, Police spokesman
The 21-year veteran of the Calgary police, has been relieved from duty with pay. The Calgary police department is in the process of notifying those whose information was allegedly accessed illegally.

UPDATE TO STORY: Further investigation of court documents obtained by the press revealed that the police officer has more than $143,000 in debt and recently filed for bankruptcy.

As well, the officere was the primary investigator in a case involving an employee of the cash loan company that paid him for the sensitive information. A former executive assistant for the cash loan company , said the officer targeted her and she was later charged with fraud. That case has been damaged by the revelation that the officers did skip tracing for the firm.
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Sources:
(a) Calgary detective charged in alleged privacy breach - CBC News, May 2, 2012
(b) Detective facing trust charges is under heavy debt load - CBC News, May 11, 2012

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