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Police Collect PII on Innocents

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

August 12, 2010

The Daily Mail reports that police in the United Kingdom are amassing personal details on citizens who call them to report incidents. One police force has compiled data on hundreds of thousands of innocent individuals. The North Yorkshire Police confirmed that the information is retained for a minimum of 15 years and up to 100 years and can be shared with other forces. A spokesperson said, "Data is an essential factor in being effective, which is why we request that individuals who come into contact with [us] provide additional information regarding their date of birth and ethnicity."
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