Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have defended the force’s record for abiding by the Data Protection Act – despite admitting officers and staff have breached the rules on 70 occasions.
Forces across the country have released details, under the Freedom of Information Act, of how many times data breaches occurred during a four year period.
Between 2009 and 2013 police officers and staff in South Yorkshire were pulled up on 70 occasions.
On one occasion last year the breach was deemed so serious a member of staff was sacked for passing on information to a third party.
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