UK: Police officer on trial for using files to vet one of his wife’s tenants

A police officer has gone on trial accused of using a police station computer to vet one of his wife’s tenants.

Harry To, a constable with Fife Constabulary, is said to have accessed the force’s “Crimefile” computerised recording system without authority on seven occasions.

Read more on STV.

Long-time readers realize that this is not the first time we’ve seen a criminal prosecution over inappropriate access to a crime database in the U.K. And while it may be appropriate to prosecute criminally, I wonder whether the ICO is going to slap some wrists/require undertakings to prevent such inappropriate access in the first place.  How did this breach even come to light? Was it reported by the tenant or did the police force identify it on its own?

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