Data protection violations by the Berlin police are repeated

The Berlin police found numerous data protection violations during internal controls by Officials identified and investigations initiated.

Internal controls by the Berlin police when accessing the POLIKS system have uncovered numerous data protection violations. And this is not the first case of this kind.

Repeated violations by police officers

“The handling of personal data requires a high level of data security and responsible handling,” says the official press release of the Berlin police. A credo that one or the other police officer apparently doesn’t take too seriously.

Total officials have the regulations for handling personal Data repeatedly ignored. To be more precise, the officials carried out illegal queries in the “Police State System for Information, Communication and Processing” (POLIKS).

The Berlin Police emphasizes, however, that the recorded data protection violations “merely” is a violation of internal instructions and there is no direct connection with the legality of the queries themselves.

“In All cases were therefore investigated under service or disciplinary law ”, the press release continues.

Not the first data protection violation by the police

About two years ago, the Berlin police attracted negative attention when accessing numerous databases. The pretext at the time: Personal information was intended to help protect the emergency services.

But other police authorities have not always taken data protection so seriously in the past. Also in 2020 the Bavarian police used, for example, Corona guest lists for investigative purposes and to clarify cases of petty crime. What is particularly explosive is that not a single case could be resolved due to the repeated data protection violations.

And the data from the Luca app has already been misused by police authorities and public prosecutors. In January 2020 more than 100 cases of such access were known. The actual number of data protection violations was suspected to be much higher at the time.

The Mainz police, for example, tapped data from the Luca app at the time to investigate the death of a young man. The aim was to find witnesses in this case. The operators of the Luca app and the health department even played along, although such queries are not permitted for data protection reasons.


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