AU: Police officer who leaked woman’s details claims self-incrimination at tribunal

This is one of those N=1 (small) breaches with serious consequences.

Kristian Silva reports:

A Queensland police officer has refused to answer questions at a tribunal, in fear of incriminating himself, about how a woman’s address was leaked to her allegedly violent ex-husband.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is taking legal action against the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and seeking damages, arguing police were liable for the misuse of her private information.

Police barrister Scott McLeod told the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) that police accepted Senior Constable Neil Punchard accessed the QPRIME database and passed on the woman’s personal details without authorisation or consent.

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