European Data Protection Digest

Police Officer Convicted of Illegally Accessing Files

DATA THEFT—UK

November 25, 2010

Glasgow Sheriff Court this week convicted Strathclyde police officer Steven Smith of illegally accessing police systems for information on his boyfriend, reports BBC News. The department found out that Smith had looked at the file when it conducted an audit after being tipped off that he was associating with a known criminal. The sheriff told Smith, "You accessed information on two occasions without consent and without a known policing purpose. It is an abuse of trust and you did it for selfish personal reasons." Smith's lawyer said the relationship impaired the officer's judgment, and he regrets his actions.
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