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Police Officer charged with data protection breach

The BBC reported on 28th December 2011:

A Strathclyde Police officer has been charged with illegally obtaining personal information about a man suspected of having a gun.

Sgt Allan Jackson, 44, allegedly ordered two constables to access police records and tell him whether the man held a firearms certificate.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, he denied knowingly or recklessly breaching the Data Protection Act without consent.

The case against Sgt Jackson was continued until next month.

The alleged offence is said to have taken place at Saltcoats police office, in North Ayrshire, in March.

Sgt Jackson is said to have then passed information to a sergeant and a chief inspector at divisional headquarters in Kilmarnock.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: “We can confirm that a 44-year-old officer has been reported to the procurator fiscal in relation to an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act.”

She said the officer involved had not been suspended.