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Police involved in identity theft

The BBC have picked up on an investigation carried out by the Guardian newspaper that the Metropolitan Police are investigating a claim that its officers created aliases using the identities of up to 80 dead children during operations in between the late 1960s and early 1990s. The reason for stealing the identities of the dead children was that they would stand up to scrutiny if birth records were checked. Two former officers of the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) are quoted as saying they were issued with identity records, like driving licences and national insurance documents, in the children’s names.

A Met statement said: “A formal complaint has been received which is being investigated by the DPS (Directorate of Professional Standards) and we appreciate the concerns that have been raised.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21316768

Comment
While the practice is distasteful to say the least, the data protection act only applies to living individuals and therefore it’s hard to see how its principles have been breached.

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