UK Liberty

Another IT project set to go (more) wrong

Posted in database state, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on April 3, 2008

Reading some Uncorrected Oral Evidence given as part of the inquiry into the Surveillance Society and came across this:

Chief Constable Neyroud: When IMPACT is actually fully implemented, in terms of its capability and its security levels, which I think is a critical thing which the debates of last few months have highlighted if nothing else, this will be a world leader in terms of the stretch and capability.

IMPACT?  That rings a bell – ah yes:


The police computer system, Impact, delayed for three years (orginally due for 2007), total cost increased from £164m to £367m and ‘it had emerged that the task was more complex than first thought’ (more detail here).

Rather than attempt to be a ‘world leader’ with such a system, it is too much to ask to just get it right?

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