Police (3): Data Collection and Retention

  • Daniel Marshall
  • Terry Thomas
Chapter

Abstract

The police collect and retain personal information on various databases including the PNC and the PND; new databases are periodically started. Personal biometric information, including fingerprints and DNA samples, is also collated and retained in digital form. A number of problem areas have been identified in the management of this personal information, and here we have noted the question of improper use by officers having access to the databases, matters of data quality and debates about how long some of this personal information should be retained to be of use to the police. The future development and expansion of digital technology looks likely to be able to provide the police with more opportunities to retain items of personal information.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Marshall
    • 1
  • Terry Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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