For the first time, Big Brother Watch has uncovered the true extent to which Police abuse their access to confidential databases.
This report follows allegations that a number of journalists paid the Police in order to receive privileged information.
Between 2007 and 2010:
- 243 Police officers and staff received criminal convictions for breaching the Data Protection Act (DPA).
- 98 Police officers and staff had their employment terminated for breaching the DPA.
- 904 Police officers and staff were subjected to internal disciplinary procedures for breaching the DPA.
The full report can be found here.