Cop on data protection rap


By Paul ThorntonA POLICEWOMAN has been charged with illegally accessing personal data using the cops’ own information system.

Anna Wong, 26, faces 54 charges in breach of the Data Protection Act and has been suspended from duty by Lothian and Borders Police.

It is alleged she used the Scottish Intelligence Database and the Lothian and Borders Operational Support System to obtain personal details of several individuals.

Illegal access is said to have occurred at St Leonards Police Station in Edinburgh between March 2006 and June 2007.

Miss Wong, who lives in Edinburgh, was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to answer the charges.

But she was not present and fiscal depute Mina Poppius told the court her solicitor had sent the court a letter asking for more time to consider the charges.

Miss Poppius said: “There has been correspondence received from the solicitors and they do know about the date but have not provided any further instructions.

“The matter is raised against a suspended officer.”

Sheriff Kenneth Hogg continued the case without plead and Miss Poppius is due to appear next month.

Lothian and Borders Police declined to comment on the case.


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