UK: Policeman handed absolute discharge for breaching data protection act

Rebecca Buchan reports:

A policeman who searched his work computer database for restricted information about his sisters has been handed an absolute discharge.

During the course of one day, Keith Knowles accessed seven crime files while at work at Woodhill House, Westburn Road.

The documents – relating to his siblings Lynn Robertson and Veronica Knowles – were viewed for only a matter of seconds each, however, Knowles accessed the information for his own “curiosity” rather than for policing purposes.

Read more on The Press and Journal.

For the benefit of American readers who may be as confused as I was, an “absolute discharge” is not a firing. To the contrary, in an absolute discharge, no further action is taken. Knowles will continue as a police officer.

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