European Data Protection Digest

Officers Used Deceased Children’s Passports

IDENTITY THEFT—UK

July 18, 2013

A former undercover police officer is corroborating the story of another who said that the Home Office was aware that spies used the identities of deceased children to establish undercover personas, reports The Guardian. According to Bob Lambert, a leading spy in the Special Demonstration Squad, the technique was "well known at the highest levels of the Home Office," and it issued fake passports to the officers with that knowledge. A Home Office spokesperson said “Chief Constable Mick Creedon is leading an IPCC-supervised investigation which will ensure any criminality or misconduct is properly dealt with." Creedon is also seeking legal advice as to whether the officers could be put on trial for the practice.
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