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Humberside Police third worst in country for data protection breaches

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Humberside Police force is the third worst in the country for data protection breaches by officers and staff - according to a report out today.

Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch say there were 168 breaches of data over the last five years - the worst offender was West Midlands with 488.

Some of Humberside's breaches included accessing police systems for non-police matters and disclosure of official operation details to a third party. Several employees - both police and civilian - have resigned from their posts.

In response to the report, Head of Humberside Police Professional Standards Branch Chief Superintendent Judi Heaton, said:

“There is clear guidance both through training and explicit messaging to staff on their use of police systems to access data, outlining the circumstances under which they are permitted to interrogate those systems."

We have a dedicated team who actively monitor the proper use of information held and seek to take appropriate remedial action if anyone steps outside of the conduct we expect. The number of cases we have dealt with demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the public can have confidence that their personal information will only be accessed and disclosed within the law. The majority of the cases we have dealt with have been of a minor nature.

– Head of Humberside Police Professional Standards Branch Chief Superintendent Judi Heaton