DPDI changes make it harder to hold police to account for illegal data access

28/02/2024 | Statewatch

An article by Statewatch highlights how provisions within the Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) Bill will lead to fewer oversight controls on police access to data. The article references a recent news story in the Yorkshire Evening Post in which a Leeds-based officer was convicted of making unauthorised searches on police computer systems of people she knew "without a policing purpose."

Statwatch claims that it was likely that the officer at fault was identified for carrying out unauthorised searches through database system logs. However, changes within the DPDI Bill amend the 2018 Data Protection Act so that logs on consultation and disclosure of information held in law enforcement databases no longer have to record the justification for consultation or disclosure.

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