Personal details of 815,000 'vulnerable' Scots held on secret police databases

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Police Scotland's burgeoning secretive Vulnerable Persons Database is actually 50% populated by non-vulnerables. Most people don't know they're on it and having their personal data shared around agencies on the basis of vague SHANARRI indicators. Like wellbeing, vulnerable has no statutory definition.

Personal details of 815,000 'vulnerable' Scots held on secret police databases

New figures obtained under Freedom of Information (FoI) legislation show that one in every seven citizens have been added to the register since it was introduced just over three years ago.

The total includes 131,000 children up to 11 years old (one in five) and 108,000 12 to 18 year olds (one in four). Police Scotland’s Vulnerable Person Database (VPD) was set up to collate information about adults and children who may be at risk from crime.

However, the Information Commissioner said it was in breach of the Data Protection Act because there was no policy for removing names and other details.

In September, BBC Scotland reported there were just over 412,000 people on the VPD but it has now emerged this only included “vulnerable” people.
 

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Two PQs lodged by Lib Dem justice spokesperson.

Question S5W-12270: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 31/10/2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of comments in The Sunday Express on 29 October 2017, what its response is to the report that 815,000 people have been recorded on Police Scotland’s vulnerable person database and the Information Commissioner stating that the database was in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 14/11/2017
Question S5W-12269: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 31/10/2017

To ask the Scottish Government when the Police Scotland vulnerable person database will be compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998; what the lifespan is of the database; what will replace it, and what analysis it has carried of whether non-compliance carries any risk.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 14/11/2017
 
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