In January 2009 the ex-Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire police, Andy Brown was arrested for breach of the data protection act.
In an odd story involving ex-police officers, serving police officers, and a missing dog, it appears that Andy Brown gained access to the PNC (police national computer) to check the registered owner of a vehicle, in an attempt to locate a friends dog.
This latest case of data misuse does not appear to be particularly sinister, just a case of of an “ex-job” guy helping out a friend, rather than going throught the police channels, which would have resulted in the same information being obtained. What is it does remind us of is how easy it is for people to get information out of PNC. In fact if there had not been a complaint in this case, nobody would have known.
How often does this happen, and nobody gets caught?