Slater and Gordon Lawyers, formerly Russell Jones & Walker, regularly represent police officers in both criminal and misconduct proceedings as a result of their alleged computer misuse and breaches of Data Protection.

Police officers can access the Police National Computer (PNC) and Force Intelligence Systems for an authorised or “policing” purpose. An authorised purpose essentially means the investigation, detection and prevention of crime.

It is an offence under Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998, to obtain or disclose personal data without the consent of the Data Controller (Chief Officer).

Police Law – Data Protection, computer misuse