Arrest info on 150,000 people accidentally deleted from police database
Minister says data was wiped during ‘standard housekeeping process’
Data including arrest records and DNA information of 150,000 people has been wrongly deleted from the national policing database.
The mass deletion took place earlier this week as part of what crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse characterised as a regular administrative exercise. The information – which he said related only to people who had been arrested but released without charge – was previously housed on the Police National Computer, a central nationwide system that allows local forces to access arrest records from across the country.
“Earlier this week, a standard housekeeping process that runs on the Police National Computer deleted a number of records in error,” Malthouse said.
The minister added that steps have been taken to prevent such an accident happening again. Government and policing agencies are now working together to try and recover the lost records.
“A fast time review has identified the problem and corrected the process so it cannot happen again,” Malthouse said. “The Home Office, NPCC and other law enforcement partners are working at pace to recover the data.”
The minister said he would “provide further updates as we conclude our work”.
Malthouse claimed that there is no reason to think the data loss might pose a risk for public safety – but that he has asked for this issue to be looked at more closely.
“While the loss relates to individuals who were arrested and then released with no further action, I have asked officials and the police to confirm their initial assessment that there is no threat to public safety,” he said.
Despite these assurances, home secretary Priti Patel should update the public as a matter of urgency, according to her counterpart in the shadow cabinet, Labour MP Nick Thomas-Symonds.
“It’s not good enough for the home secretary to hide behind her junior Minister on this when there has been such a major security breach on her watch,” he said. “It’s now vital that she makes an urgent statement outlining the true scale of the issue, when Ministers were informed and what the plan is to provide public reassurance. Yet again, Conservative incompetence is putting people’s safety at risk.”
Three-year deal awarded to Pegasystems
Email addresses and info about eligibility for payments accidentally revealed
Procurement data reveals consultancy brought in to cover six-month drive to recruit specialists
Assessment of emergency law also reveals successful use of tech in justice system and for registering deaths
There are many reasons to keep your Oracle workloads running on local servers. But there are even more reasons to move them to the cloud as part of a wider digital transition strategy. Six Degrees...
As misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine spreads, Granicus outlines key considerations for local government when delivering a successful vaccine communications campaign
SolarWinds explains how public sector organisations can make the most of their hybrid IT investments - delivering services that are both innovative and reliable
Engage Process explains how to ensure that process remains at the heart of your management programs - and how to keep undue pressure from those processes