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When you hand your personal data over to an organisation, you expect them to keep it safe. Multiple laws are in place to ensure that companies and public bodies protect your private information. Despite this, it’s becoming increasingly common to become the victim of a personal data breach. In July, August, and September this year,...
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If you are stopped by the police and searched, the officers are required by law to follow a particular set of rules and observe your rights. If they fail to do so, the search is unlawful, and you could be entitled to compensation. Becoming aware of your police stop and search rights can potentially protect...
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A Merseyside police officer was left no choice but to resign after he accidentally recorded himself shouting racist abuse at his TV during a news segment featuring a black person. The disgraced former officer sent the incriminating voice note to a fellow police officer who he was texting with at the time over WhatsApp. The...
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10 Downing Street in London, home of the British governments prime minister.
Public officials, such as government ministers and police officers, are legally obliged to use their position of authority for good. If instead, they opt to abuse their position of power and cause harm or loss to a third party, they can be found guilty of misfeasance in public office. Naturally, it can be very intimidating to...
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Police monitor a vigil organised for Sarah Everard in Clapham Common.
Inadequate vetting has allowed thousands of potentially dangerous officers to serve in police forces across England and Wales, a watchdog has found. People with criminal records — including serious crime, strong family links to organised crime, and substantial, undischarged debt, were hired as police officers. Furthermore, staff were allowed to transfer between forces despite a...
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Former Met police officer Bradley Francis was jailed earlier this month after stealing £1500 from a station safe. Francis received a ten-month sentence for taking the money and was ordered to pay £1500 in compensation. He took the cash from Stoke Newington’s police station in East London back in April in order to pay off credit card...
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Suffolk Police has suffered a data breach resulting in the personal information of sexual assault victims being posted on the force’s website. According to the East Anglian Daily Times, hundreds of people may have been affected by the breach. Suffolk Police force has claimed that “the matter was quickly resolved” and launched an investigation into...
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Police car lights at night time infront of lit up building
In recent years, distrust in the police has grown, almost reaching a fever point last year after the murder of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, a Met police officer, and the tone-deaf mismanagement of the vigil that followed. A YouGov poll from late 2021 found that almost half of all people surveyed had lost faith...
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The police are tangled in countless policy documents, regulations and legislation, dictating how they can and cannot behave. However, despite an abundance of guidance, they aren’t error-free. On occasion, this leads to the mistreatment of the public they are there to protect. As a result, they may wish to file a complaint against the police....
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Discovering that your personal information has been manipulated, stolen or lost in a data protection breach is upsetting and stressful. Determining what was taken, by whom, where your data is now, and what impact it will have on your life isn’t a pleasant experience. However, with this simple guide, finding out what your next steps...
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