Police Databases: How more than 900 staff abused their access

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.