ICO issues PSNI reprimand for unlawful data sharing with US DHS

27/10/2023 | BBC News

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for unlawfully sharing personal data on 174 people with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The data shared by the PSNI's extradition unit included information on criminal convictions and biometric data. Following an investigation, the ICO found that PSNI had "failed to put appropriate measures in place" to prevent the extradition unit from unlawfully sharing information with the DHS. As such, personal data was routinely sent to the US via email without encryption or password protection from 2016 through to October 2020. The PSNI has since taken remedial steps to improve its compliance.

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