Policewoman jailed for breaching Data Protection Act

A 27-month jail sentence has been given to the Tayside Constable who passed on sensitive details to her partner.


A Policewoman has been jailed for more than two years for stealing sensitive data and passing it on to a third party.

Karen Howie, a 34-year-old Constable from Carnoustie, Scotland, breached the Data Protection Act (DPA) when she took details of an ongoing investigation from Police computers and passed them onto her partner, Neil Hand.

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Hand then used the details to warn a suspect supposedly embroiled in a counterfeiting scam. He admitted to the court in Dundee he had also breached the DPA, whilst Howie confessed to two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Deputy Chief Constable Gordon Scobbie, head of Tayside Police where Howie used to work, told the BBC: "Criminal behaviour of this nature is exceptionally rare and the vast majority of our police officers and police staff act with integrity and honesty day in and day out."

"Our collective dismay at this case is only tempered by our resolve to ensure that we continue to investigate every allegation of wrongdoing and retain public trust and confidence."

Howie had already resigned her post at Kirriemuir Police Station.

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