Five officers in Met’s phone-hacking probe face misconduct allegations
Five police officers and a civilian worker involved in the Metropolitan police’s phone-hacking investigation have faced misconduct allegations, Scotland Yard has confirmed.
The group included three detective constables and a civilian worker who have resigned from or left the Operation Weeting investigation following disciplinary action.
Scotland Yard revealed the misconduct allegations in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Sun. Read more.
Josh Halliday | The Guardian | 3rd January 2013
Criminal records wrongly name 12,000 people
Nearly 12,000 people over the past five years were wrongly labelled criminals due to inaccurate record checks, leading to £1.9m paid out in compensation, campaigners have revealed.
The figures, published by privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch after a freedom of information request, showed the most common errors involved information being disclosed by local police forces or the police national computer.
In 3,519 cases, the wrong person’s entry on the police national computer was disclosed. Read more.
The Guardian | 28th December 2012
No count of how many can view top secret documents
The Cabinet Office, which is responsible for national security vetting, said information about the number of people with access to classified material was “not held centrally”.
The Whitehall department could not even disclose how many staff in the Cabinet Office itself have passed security checks because the figure is not known and calculating it would involve days of trawling through personnel records.
The Daily Telegraph submitted a Freedom of Information request asking for details of how many people currently hold UK Government clearance to the levels of counter-terrorism check, security check and developed vetting.
The Cabinet Office replied: “The information you have requested is not available as it is not held centrally.” Read more.
Sam Marsden | The Telegraph | 26th December 2012