UK police forces reprimanded for unlawful recording of 200k phone calls via app
Privacy matters! Two UK police forces reprimanded for secretly recording 200k phone calls via an app without consent. #dataprotection #privacy #UKpolice
Two UK police forces have been reprimanded by the privacy watchdog ICO for recording 200,000 phone calls without informing those on the other end of the line. The app, which automatically recorded all phone calls, was launched in 2016 for a small group of officers, but Surrey and Sussex police made it available to all their staff. The ICO said more than 200,000 phone calls had been recorded, including those involving victims, witnesses and suspects. The app was subsequently deleted and all recordings, apart from those required for evidence, were destroyed. No financial penalties were issued.