“Outrageous” those deleted data from UK police’s main computer database, says Prime Minister Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that it was “outrageous” that hundreds of thousands of police documents have been deleted due to a human coding error with the national police computer.

A software to delete records from The database that the computer did not have the legal right to hold went haywire due to faulty coding and started automatically deleting hundreds of thousands of other records, the Home Office said. “Obviously it is outrageous that the data was lost, but at the moment … we are trying to recover that data,” Johnson told Parliament, adding that the Home Office hoped to restore the deleted information.

“We don’t know how many cases could be frustrated because of what happened,” Johnson said. Johnson said 213,000 crime records, 175,000 arrest records and 15,000 personal records were investigated due to the computer problems.

Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer cited police chiefs who said 403,000 records from the national police computer may have been wiped, as well as 26,000 DNA records and 30,000 fingerprint records from other databases were dropped. The data included it from criminals convicted of serious crimes while live police investigations had been hit and included DNA marked for indefinite storage following serious crime, Starmer told parliament.

When the Interior Ministry learned of the incident on January 10, it was quick to stop the automatic cancellations. A special command is trying to figure out what was deleted and recover what can be saved. One problem is that the National Police computer, which holds 13 million records, sits in the middle of a web of other databases and can cascade deletes in other directories such as the IDENT fingerprint database or the national DNA database .

The Police National Computer is used by police and law enforcement throughout the UK. It includes data on condemned, wanted, missing persons, vehicles, stolen goods.

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News Highlights:

  • Johnson said 213,000 crime records, 175,000 arrest records and 15,000 personal records were investigated due to the computer problems. Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer cited police chiefs who said 403,000 records from the national police computer may have been wiped, as well as 26,000 DNA records and 30,000 fingerprint records from other databases were dropped.
  • “Outrageous” those deleted data from UK police’s main computer database, says Prime Minister Johnson