It’s understood that disciplinary action has taken place in a number of cases for the misuse of police computer systems in England and Wales.
There have been cases where staff have reportedly accessed the Police National Computer and other databases to look at information with authority or reason. In many cases, staff have looked at information about friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. In more serious cases, data may have reportedly been passed to criminals.
This is serious and incredibly worrying. It’s important that any victims of the police misusing their computer systems know their rights.
What can you do in cases of the misuse of police computer systems?
The police are not above the law, and they have the same responsibilities when it comes to the information that they process and store. In fact, given that they handle a lot of personal and sensitive information, their standards of duty are often higher.
But where there are cases of the misuse of police computer systems, victims can be entitled to justice.
You may be able to make a claim for data breach compensation where your information has been misused or leaked by a police employee. You may be able to claim for any distress caused, which could be significant when it comes to highly sensitive data.
You may also be able to claim for any financial losses as well.
How do you claim?
You can make a claim for data breach compensation arising from the misuse of police computer systems in same was as you can with any other case.
There’s nothing special just because it’s the police that a case has to be directed to. They must adhere to data protection laws, and any genuine breach or leak can entitle the victim to compensation.
We can take cases forward on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we’re happy to offer our initial advice for free and on a no-obligation basis.
Claiming as a victim of the misuse of police computer systems
We always aim to make claiming compensation as a victim of the misuse of police computer systems as easy and as hassle free for you as possible.
We appreciate that it’s worrying enough that your personal and sensitive information has been misused or leaked. We know that, in some case, a breach can even compromise your safety.
You have rights, and we’re here to fight for your rights to justice. We may be able to represent you for a case, and the first step toward finding out is to contact our team for help.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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