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Bad Internet data requests led to 6 wrongly held or accused in UK

Loek Essers | July 22, 2013
To prevent such errors from happening, authorities will make sure all details are double checked, the data watchdog said.

Moreover, some of the public authorities have also put procedures in place to ensure the applicant also provides the source documentation with their application to resolve an IP address. This will enable those responsible to double-check the IP address, date, time of access and any time-zone conversions.

"I am satisfied with the measures put in place by these public authorities," Kennedy wrote, adding that this will hopefully prevent recurrence. "Fortunately errors with such severe consequences are rare," he said.


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