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Breach of Data Protection

Question

1. The number of a) Police officers and b) civilian employees that have been convicted for breaches of Data Protection Act 1998.  

2. The number of a) Police officers and b) civilian employees that have had their employment terminated for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.  

3. The number of a) Police officers and b) civilian employees that have been disciplined internally for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.  

4. The number of a) Police officers and b) civilian employees that have resigned during disciplinary procedures 1998.  

5. The number of instances where a breach has not led to any disciplinary action. 

6. In each case, I request that you provide a list of the offences committed by the individual(s) in question, for example "Accessed personal information for personal interest" or "Inappropriately shared victim information with a third party". 

I request that the time period covered is 1st June 2011-31st December 2015.

Answer

Q1. There have been no prosecutions between 1st June 2011 and 31st December 2015 for breaches of the Data Protection Act. 

Q2. One police officer and seven police staff have been dismissed between 1st June 2011 and 31st December 2015 for breaches of the Data Protection Act. 

Q3. A total of 85 police officers and 61 police staff have been subject to internal disciplinary action between 1st June 2011 and 31st December 2015 for breaches of the Data Protection Act. Those that were dismissed are included in these figures. 

Q4. Prior to February 2015 an officer could not resign whilst suspended without the permission of the Chief Constable. A change in legislation now means that no officer under investigation can resign without the permission of the Chief Constable.

A total of six police officers and 11 police staff resigned during disciplinary procedures relating to breaches of the Data Protection Act between 1st June 2011 and 31st December 2015. 

Q5. All proven breaches of the Data Protection Act resulted in disciplinary action. 

Q6. Please see the table below for the nature of the breaches. 

Nature of Breach

Count

Administrative Mistake

1

Disclosure to third party

44

Research person details for own benefit

98

Research person details for own benefit and Disclosure to a third   party

3

Total

146

 

FOI Reference: 022/16