Data Protection Breach (4658_14)

Request / Response

Please may I receive the following for each year since 2010 – broken down by year.

-The number of unauthorised incidents/breaches of the data protection act by members of the police force (both civilian staff and officers) accessing police databases – including the month of each incident.

Date that the case was recorded

Month

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

January

2

0

2

6

0

February

5

1

1

0

0

March

0

1

0

1

0

April

2

1

3

3

0

May

1

1

0

1

0

June

1

0

0

2

0

July

0

3

1

0

0

August

0

0

0

2

0

September

5

6

0

0

0

October

1

2

1

0

0

November

3

2

2

0

0

December

2

0

0

1

0

Total

22

17

10

16

0

-In each incident/data protection breach what information was accessed or attempted to be accessed.

Brief Incident Detail

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Unauthorised/ unlawful Access/ Inappropriate check 

12

11

4

4

1

Misuse of Police system

6

2

2

8

0

Unauthorised Vehicle Check

1

0

0

1

0

Unlawful Obtaining and Disclosure

3

3

2

0

2

Data Protection Offences/Breach

0

1

1

0

0

Misconduct in a Public Office

0

0

1

0

0

Total

22

17

10

13

3

-In each incident whether the person was a police officer or a member of civilian staff.

Rank recorded at the date of the incident

Rank

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

PC

15

11

7

9

0

SGT

1

1

1

0

0

INSP & Above

0

1

1

1

0

PCSO

1

1

0

0

0

SC

3

1

0

0

0

Police Staff

2

2

1

6

0

Total

22

17

10

16

0

-In each incident/data protection breach what database was accessed, e.g. police national 
computer/internally held information etc.

In most cases the information is only recorded as ‘police systems’, it does not necessarily specify which system was accessed.

-In each incident/data protection breach whether any disciplinary action was taken against the member of staff which was involved and the nature of the disciplinary action.

Formal Action

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Management Action

16

9

3

6

0

Retired/resigned

3

1

1

4

0

Dismissed

0

1

3

2

2

Management Advice

1

3

1

0

0

Written Warning

2

3

2

0

1

Formal Action

0

0

0

1

0

Total

22

17

10

13

3

-Details of where police staff, civilian or officers, may have resigned from the force due to an allegation of a data protection breach.

As above

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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