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Europe Data Protection Digest | Police super-database criticized for allegedly violating civil liberties Related reading: Help benchmark industry practices


Human rights organization Liberty alleges the new super-database planned for use by British law enforcement risks violating civil liberties, the Guardian reports. The database will bring together the police national computer and the police national database, merging criminal conviction information with details such as intelligence information. Ahead of launching the database later this year, the Home Office has consulted with privacy groups and professionals and, in July, published an assessment for how it will impact privacy. In protest, Liberty has said it will boycott meetings with the Home Office after it was revealed the databases would contain information for which there is no legal basis to hold.
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