Feeds

Police to hold vehicle licence data for two years

Minister confirms retention time for ANPR database

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Police are able to hold vehicle licence plate data for up to two years, the Government has confirmed.

In response to a Parliamentary question last week, Home Office Minister Paul Goggins said data collected through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technologies could be retained for up to two years for "justified policing needs".

Goggins said that official guidance on the matter sates that data can be held for "a period of two years in a 'live, searchable system'," although after 90 days all data is transferred to a controlled-access database.

"This period of retention is to facilitate the searching of that data on a case-by-case basis, should a crime committed during the deployment come to light during that two-year period," Goggins said.

However, after the initial 90-day period, Goggins said data would be "partitioned" for the rest of its retention period. "In the period of 91 days to two years, the data will only be accessed for a justified policing need."

In "exceptional circumstances", Goggins said there could be grounds to justify retention of ANPR data beyond the standard two years. "Should this occur, a record of the grounds should be retained," he added.

ANPR has been introduced to tackle vehicle theft and to cut the number of vehicles on the road without proper insurance.

According to figures released last September, ANPR logged about 32 million "reads", or records, in the 18 months covered by Laser One and Two, the two pilots of the new system.

However, there are concerns over inaccuracies when the data is linked to DVLA records.

According to police figures quoted by Goggins in Parliament last July, ANPR data held by the DVLA has only a 40 per cent accuracy rate.

Copyright © eGov monitor Weekly

eGov monitor Weekly is a free e-newsletter covering developments in UK eGovernment and public sector IT over the last seven days. To register go here.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.