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Minor criminal records challenged

Posted in database state, law and order, surveillance society by ukliberty on November 2, 2007

The BBC:

Four police forces have been ordered to delete criminal records dating back decades because they are “no longer relevant”.

The Information Commissioner told West Midlands, Humberside, Northumbria and Staffordshire forces their records on four people breached data protection.

The individuals complained to the commissioner after their history showed up in checks when they went for jobs.

Each force is appealing against the ruling.

The Association for Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said it was “regrettable” the commissioner had decided to make the cases public while they were being appealed against.

The record held by Humberside Police related to the theft of a packet of meat, worth 99p, back in 1984 when the complainant was aged 16.

Assistant commissioner Mick Gorrill said: “Each case relates to individuals who have been convicted or cautioned on one occasion and have not been convicted of any other offences.”

He added: “The retention of the previous conviction information is causing harm and distress to the individuals concerned.

“We are not satisfied that in these particular cases this information will be of any use for policing purposes.”on is causing harm and distress to the individuals concerned.

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