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Why You Should Not Trust Your Force.

Post by Beachcomber on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:23 am

This case, whilst not directly an IOD issue, illustrates the tricks that some of our forces are prepared to use against us.  I despair at the antics of some forces and it just goes to show that we cannot and should not trust them.

The civil case at Central London County Court heard police cited an act of Parliament which did not exist to obtain personal data on their own officer - prompting surprise from the judge.

She told her Police Federation representative about the trip, but not her line manager.
Her failure to do so did amount to a minor disciplinary matter, but senior officers at Sutton police station in south London used powers designed to investigate crime to obtain personal data on their colleague.
Det Insp Sarah Rees approached the National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC), a division of the UK Border Force operated by Greater Manchester Police.
She also approved an application to Virgin Atlantic to obtain details of Ms Brown's air travel, which cited the non-existent Police Act 2007.
Ms Brown said: "She hadn't given a reason why she wanted the information... she hadn't got it authorised. But yet she was able to get details of my and my daughter's travel, and obtained five years' worth of information about my travel movements."

Shortly before the hearing both forces admitting breaching the Data Protection Act and Ms Brown's right to respect for her family and private life under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
In July, the court ruled both forces had misused private information, although a claim for misfeasance in public office failed.
Judge Jan Luba QC was withering about Det Insp Rees, saying she appeared "glib, almost flippant", and he expressed his astonishment at her "loose and casual grasp of the law".
'Totally excessive'
Ms Brown's solicitor advocate David Gray-Jones said: "What is significant is that the judge commented that the senior police officers involved in this case didn't appear to have any appreciation or understanding of the laws that regulate their conduct in this area, and didn't acknowledge that they had done anything wrong."
But Andrea Brown's experience may be far from a one off.
In July, the group Big Brother Watch which campaigns on data and privacy protection, published a report entitled "Safe in Police hands?" It found that between June 2011 and December 2015 there were at least 2,315 data breaches by UK police staff.

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