Ooh, doesn't Nanny just love her secret little lists?
It seems that those who call 999, to report a crime, are being asked for their ethnicity and date of birth.
These details are being stored, without consent, on a database which also holds details of suspected criminals.
Nanny's chums in North Yorkshire Police, for instance, have a database of 181,917 callers compared to 38,259 suspects.
North Yorkshire Police claim that they are following national guidance. The information is held for a minimum of 15 years, and can be stored for up to 100 years in the most serious cases.
However, the data request is not compulsory; therefore do not provide the data in the event you need to call 999.
By the way, a very small point occurs to me, in the event someone is ringing to report a real time crime being committed "live"; does not the time taken to ask these questions and answer them, actually waste valuable seconds in dispatching the police to apprehend the criminals?
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