Misuse of IT systems

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Misuse of IT systems

Post by dingdangdo » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:04 am

http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/Lin ... story.html

Lincolnshire PSCOs resign over misuse of police force IT systems

Police Community Support Officers have resigned after misusing force IT systems, it has been revealed.

Following an internal investigation, a PCSO from Grantham and one from Stamford have left the service. They resigned after an inquiry into inappropriate use of IT systems. Details of the breaches have not been revealed by Lincolnshire Police.

There are no criminal proceedings in action.

Forces around the country use the Police National Computer to record and access information relating to crimes, lost property and vehicles. Other national and local systems are also used by forces for recording a variety of information. It is not known whether any of these systems were used inappropriately.

In a separate incident, another PCSO from Grantham resigned over concerns about a person they associated with.

The identities of the PCSOs have not been revealed by the force.

Superintendent Rick Hatton from Lincolnshire Police's professional standards department said: "We can confirm that after an investigation two PCSOs have left the force. The enquiry centred on the inappropriate use of the force IT systems. One PCSO from Grantham and one, who was stationed at Stamford, resigned. We can also confirm that another PCSO from the Grantham area recently resigned after being spoken to by a supervisor regarding one of their associates. This person was deemed unsuitable given the role of the Police Community Support Officer in Lincolnshire Police. There are strict rules and policies governing the use of police information technology systems. There are a number of security systems, checks and balances in place to identify and interrupt any use of IT systems which does not comply with force policy or which may be illegal. The outcome of these recent investigations underlines how serious the force treats any breach of our IT rules and regulations. None of the persons who have left the force have faced any criminal proceedings."

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/st ... _1_1133024

Staff sacked after security breaches at police and councils in Norfolk

Police officers and council staff in Norfolk and Suffolk have been sacked or resigned after being caught accessing the public’s personal data, it has emerged.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed more than 150 breaches of the Data Protection Act since 2008 at the region’s hospitals, police forces and councils. Examples of breaches included confidential council documents found in a skip, papers on 25 children in care disappearing and never recovered and a report containing information about a child considered at risk of harm being hand-delivered to the wrong address.

Restricted police documents were stolen from a Norfolk police officer’s home, while there was a string of breaches at hospitals including cases where sensitive information about patients was lost in the post or left in public places. But bosses insist they take the handling of personal data extremely seriously and in each case where the Data Protection Act (DPA) has been breached, they have taken action to tighten up the system.

At Norfolk police there were 22 breaches between 2008 and this year. A police constable resigned after being convicted of a breach of the DPA for disclosing information from the force’s crime intelligence system and a police community support officer was sacked after being convicted of obtaining details of a call to police and passing it on to a family member.

Both convictions were in 2008. The same year saw a PCSO dismissed for disclosing information after browsing police systems while another member of police staff was sacked for accessing details of a crime and disclosing information.

In 2009 a PCSO was sacked for accessing the Police National Computer for personal reasons, while another PCSO quit last year after being caught checking details of family members.

Written warnings, a caution and advice were also handed to constables, a sergeant and a PCSO for accessing information for personal or non-policing reasons, while, in another breach, in 2010, restricted documents were stolen from the house of a police officer.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Breaches of the Act are taken extremely seriously by the Constabulary and all staff are aware of the role they have to play in ensuring data is recorded, managed and shared appropriately, and the importance of maintaining confidentiality and respecting the rights of the public over personal information. Any breaches of the Act or force policy by staff will not be tolerated and if individuals are found misusing the privileged access they have to information they will be subject to disciplinary action and possibly criminal proceedings.”

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Re: Misuse of IT systems

Post by Arthur ASCII » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:49 pm

Misuse of Force systems is quite a common problem amongst both Police Staff and Police Officers.

Sadly, if someone suspects their partner/workmate/neighbour of an indiscretion, common sense goes out of the window.

Suspicion of infidelity seems the most common reason for this misuse.

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Re: Misuse of IT systems

Post by dingdangdo » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:54 pm

Not sure if it is true, but we have been told that every click can be monitored.

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Re: Misuse of IT systems

Post by Big Brother » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:13 pm

dingdangdo wrote:Not sure if it is true, but we have been told that every click can be monitored.

Best to assume it is, and having seen less advanced systems in use in schools that record every keystroke, it's safe to say the police system does as well.
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Re: Misuse of IT systems

Post by plum » Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:26 pm

Simple as

dont do it
dont leave yourself signed in
dont let anyone ANYONE use your sign in

I dont live in my patrol area
but I would never have a little look at whats going on
its not worth it
If you choose to swim in the swamp with the crocodiles
You only have yourself to blame if you get bittern

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