Monday, May 18, 2015

Police Snooped and Shared Residents' Private Data

Police officers in Australia have been caught snooping or sharing private information of constituents. Complaints of police abusing information increased 54% in 2014 over the 2012 rate and proven cases doubled.

Internal records obtained under Freedom of Information laws showed 229 suspected cases of police abusing private and sensitive information were investigated; one in three were proven to be breaches.

"Internal records obtained under Freedom of Information laws show 229 suspected cases of police abusing private and sensitive information were investigated." - Herald Sun
David Watts, the Law Enforcement Data ­Security Commissioner warned of a growing risk of security breaches attributable to lapses in personnel security, in particular the risk of “insider ­intrusion”, with a need for ongoing checks of personnel, information and communication security. Organizations seeking to detect data privacy breaches proactively, rather than rely on third part complaints, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Dishonest police officers caught snooping or sharing Victorians’ private information - www.HeraldSun.com.au, 05/17/2015

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