More than 2

More than 2,000 police data breaches in 4.5 years, report reveals

More than 2,000 police data breaches in 4.5 years, report reveals

Police forces across the UK are still involved in 10 data breaches a week, according to a report by civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch.

The Safe in Police Hands?report, based on freedom of information (FOI) requests, reveals that between June 2011 and December 2015 police officers and staff were responsible for at least 2,315 data breaches.

The greatest number of data breaches were by the West Midlands Police (488), followed by the Surrey Police (202), Humberside Police (168), and Avon and Somerset Police (163).

More than 800 employees accessed personal information for no policing purpose, while data was shared inappropriately or without authorisation almost 900 times, the report claims.   

Specific incidents show officers misusing their access to information for financial gain and passing sensitive information to members of organised crime groups, the report said.

In more than half the cases, the report said no formal disciplinary action was taken, while a written or verbal warning was issued in only 11% of cases.

Read Also:
Data governance as an accelerator, not a roadblock

However, 13% of cases resulted in either a resignation or dismissal and 3% resulted in a criminal conviction or a caution.

Considering data is now the driving force of society, Big Brother Watch said any breach can pose a threat to our privacy and security. 

“Abusing access to private and sensitive information is not acceptable by anyone, but particularly by those charged with keeping us safe and upholding the law,” the group said in a statement.

As a result of the government’s digital by default policy, the report notes that the levels of data the police handle will increase.

 



Data Science Congress 2017

5
Jun
2017
Data Science Congress 2017

20% off with code 7wdata_DSC2017

Read Also:
Dealing with a data breach: Handling the intruders

AI Paris

6
Jun
2017
AI Paris

20% off with code AIP17-7WDATA-20

Read Also:
Data governance as an accelerator, not a roadblock

Chief Data Officer Summit San Francisco

7
Jun
2017
Chief Data Officer Summit San Francisco

$200 off with code DATA200

Read Also:
Dealing with a data breach: Handling the intruders
Read Also:
How open source helps startups get a big data boost

Customer Analytics Innovation Summit Chicago

7
Jun
2017
Customer Analytics Innovation Summit Chicago

$200 off with code DATA200

Read Also:
Expanding IoT Necessitates Better Data Storage and Management Solutions

Big Data and Analytics Marketing Summit London

12
Jun
2017
Big Data and Analytics Marketing Summit London

$200 off with code DATA200

Read Also:
How Is Knowing the Business Important to Data Science?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *