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Well that’s embarrassing – UK Police accidentally delete 150,000 arrest records




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Massive 150,000 arrest records stored on the UK police databases have been deleted due to a “computer bug”, reports RT.

The computer bug affected the Police National Computer (PNC) database used to store millions of records of individuals, vehicles and crime evidence and allows various government agencies real-time cross checks.

According to the report, a weekly “weeding” session to delete old data ended up with more than 150,000 records being accidentally deleted.
A technical issue has been blamed and an intentional attack has been ruled out. Police databases of DNA and fingerprints connected to the PNC were also affected, the Times sources said.

The Home Office confirmed the incident in a statement, saying the issue “related to people arrested and released where no further action had been taken, and no records of criminal or dangerous persons have been deleted.”

The UK The Home Office confirmed the incident in a statement, saying the issue “related to people arrested and released where no further action had been taken, and no records of criminal or dangerous persons have been deleted.”

Visa issuance processes have already been distrusted due to the error.
For two days, applications could not be checked against the PNC database as the Home Office was working to control the damage.

The Opposition criticised the Conservatives after news of the wipe became public. In a tweet, Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds lashed out at the “incompetence of this shambolic Government” and called on his cabinet counterpart, Priti Patel, to “urgently” provide answers about what had happened.

The question of data backups remains unanswered.

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