Growing Police Database Worries Advocates
DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIAFebruary 5, 2010
Civil liberties advocates say that privacy safeguards have not kept pace with the increase in information stored on a police database, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The database links information--including pictures, fingerprints and DNA samples--from police forces nationwide and is accessible to 50,000 officers. "We should be worried because there's a potential for information to be misused when it's kept and stored in this manner," says Cameron Murphy, president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. The data is hosted by CrimTrac, whose chief executive says, "Wherever privacy and technology interact, there are privacy issues...All we can do is be very conscious and have the best systems."