Friday, May 29, 2015

Policeman Indicted for Unauthorized Use of Database

An Ohio policeman was unauthorized to use the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEAD) to look up personal information about his girlfriend’s landlord. By law, police officers may only use the LEADS system for official business.

He has been indicted for abusing the LEAD. This charges comes four years after the data privacy breach occurred. In 2010 he looked up the home address of the landlord and wearing his police uniform visited him at 2AM to try and obtain money owed to the girlfriend.

"he look[ed] up personal information about his girlfriend’s landlord."
- Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
It is unclear how the privacy breach was discovered or why it took three years for him to be dismissed from his job, or why it took more than four years to indict him; of course he's presumed innocent. Law enforcement organizations can proactively detect data privacy breaches and identity thefts by utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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(a) More than 4 years later, police officer indicted for alleged misuse of database and coercion - 05/21/2015,

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