Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Community Safety Privacy Victoria Police Misuse of Personal Data? Hundreds of personal myki files released to police investigating crimes and missing persons cases Herald Sun September 6, 2015

It is true that some Police sometimes break the law. It is appropriate that processes be proper and lawful and audited.

Also wise for VicPol to protect itself with proper processes and audits from any discredit on the organisation brought about by any misuse of data by an officer.

VicPol has the confidence of the Victorian Public not only because they are brave Men and Women, but because they are brave Men and Women accountable to proper and lawful processes. Without those proper and lawful processes VicPol would be just vigilantes which they are NOT!

Pete Dowe

Hundreds of personal myki files released to police investigating crimes and missing persons cases

September 6, 2015 8:23pm

The requests relate to crimes and missing people. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
HUNDREDS of dossiers on Victorian commuters are being handed to police, sparking calls for tighter controls on personal data linked to millions of myki tickets.
Records obtained by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show police requested access to people’s myki files 574 times last year, up from 314 in 2013, 127 in 2012 and just 20 in 2011.
Not one of the 1259 requests since myki began has been ­rejected by Public Transport Victoria, although in half the cases, the system did not hold any relevant information.
The requests relate to crimes and missing persons ­investigations. Authorities ­refuse to divulge the exact purpose of the shared information or whether it had helped solve a single crime.
Victoria Police refused to comment on the steep rise in its access requests.
“We try as best we can to protect the integrity of our ­investigative techniques and, where possible, avoid having them publicised,” Sergeant Kris Hamilton said.
Liberty Victoria says the ­secrecy and a lack of proper governance leaves the system open to abuse.
“Given how reluctant police are to say what they do with this (information), there has to be concern that it is relatively easy to abuse and that we wouldn’t know if it had been,” said Liberty vice-president Jamie Gardiner.
“The reality is that police ­officers don’t always obey the law themselves and do, from time to time, misuse police ­databases for private purposes that they are not authorised to do.”
Mr Gardiner called on the State Government to put in place a proper reporting and audit process to give the community confidence the process was proper and lawful.
Police can seek information using a name, a myki card or an account number.
Registered cards can provide police with details such as addresses and phone numbers.
PTV’s myki privacy policy makes information available where disclosure is “reasonably necessary for the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or punishment of criminal offences”.
PTV’s Adrian Darwent ­refused to say how many ­individuals’ records had been given to police.
The only other agency to seek access to myki records was Centrelink, which made a single request this year.

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