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Solicitors Cumbria - InfoLawUpdate - Met police data protection breaches revealed

Burnetts' information law solicitor Natalie Ruane discusses data protection breaches made by the police.

As a result of a recent Freedom of Information request, over 300 police data protection breaches have been shown to have taken place between January 2009 and October 2013.

The data breaches include officers assisting criminals and selling personal details. In some cases journalists were secretly supplied with information by the police (sometimes in exchange for cash). Other Met officers have also been accused of lying to managers in order to cover up the data breaches.

Around one fifth of the breaches ended in dismissal or retirement of the officers with two-thirds resulting in formal action being taken.

The publishing of the data is a reminder of the importance that proper data protection rules are adhered to. Public authorities, such as the police, need to be extra vigilant due to the sensitive nature of the data they handle.

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Natalie Ruane

Natalie is a Partner and leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.

Published: Thursday 5th June 2014
Categorised: Information Law

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