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From: Jon Turner (jjturnergmail.com)
Date: Fri Apr 16 2010 - 13:29:02 CDT
Police send Reg hack CRB check database
Massive security breach prompts investigation
*Exclusive* Police face accusations of incompetence after accidentally
emailing a file detailing the results of thousands of criminal records
checks to a Register journalist.
The author of the email at Gwent Police is now facing a gross misconduct
investigation and potential sacking over the incident, which came to light
The file — a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet which was not encrypted or password
protected — contained the full names and dates of birth of 10,006 people in
jobs or applying for jobs where a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure
It detailed the results of the checks going back to 2001 and so identified
863 people as having been in trouble with police. In many cases it recorded
their occupations, including dozens of taxi drivers, school and hospital
Personal details and whether a CRB disclosure was made on foster carers, IT
technicians and pest controllers was also included in the spreadsheet.
The Register has now deleted the file in cooperation with Gwent Police’s
professional standards officers, who travelled to our London offices two
days after being contacted.
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