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How long should police keep criminal records?
Just how long should police be able to keep records of people’s criminal convictions?******Data watchdog, the ICO , has unearthed one case where Humberside police still had a record of the theft of 99 pence worth of meat by a youth in 1984.******In another, a girl cautioned for minor assault when she was under 14 was told by Staffordshire Police that the record would stay on file until she was 100.******They will fuel a growing debate about privacy in Britain, which already has more CCTV surveillance cameras on its streets than any other European country.******Is it justified for police to hang on so long to records of what may often be just isolated instances of youthful indiscretion and which could damage people’s jobs prospects years afterwards?******The police obviously think so. Four forces that have been told by the ICO to delete such records are challenging the demand and the issue will now go to the Information Tribunal.******What do you think?