AU: Inside the police database that holds 40 million private records and any officer can access

Over the years, this site has noted reports of misuse of law enforcement databases by police employees. Here’s a report from Australia. Greg Miskelly and Peta Doherty report:

An ABC investigation has exposed privacy breaches of the central police records database that holds files on millions of Australians.

The Computerised Operational Policing System (COPS) database holds more than 40 million records that can be accessed by NSW’s 16,000 police officers.

Lawyers have warned the data breaches uncovered by the ABC show people’s information stored in COPS is at risk.

Read more on ABC (AU).

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