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Police files scandal backlash

POLICE and the Bracks Government are expected to come under intense scrutiny with the release of a long-awaited report into the damaging police files scandal today.

Privacy Commissioner Paul Chadwick is to release his wide-ranging inquiry into serious breaches of the police LEAP database this afternoon in Parliament.
The long-awaited report is expected to detail how 7000 pages of secret police files were mistakenly sent to a prison whistleblower by police and more than 450 police files were sent to a woman in country Victoria by the Office of Police Integrity.

It will also examine evidence that Corrections Victoria employees have inappropriately gained access to police LEAP data through a secret entry point on a Department of Justice database.

The report is currently with Attorney-General Rob Hulls and is expected to be tabled in Parliament today, a spokesman for Mr Chadwick said.

It is expected to make a series of recommendations to prevent further breaches of confidential police files and enable swift detection of any leaks in the future.

However, the report is not expected to delve into the political storm that engulfed the Government last year after Police Minister Tim Holding admitted he did not read a memo warning of the biggest leak of privacy in the state's history.

Mr Chadwick conceded last year his powers to investigate the scandal were limited. He said he could only probe invasions of privacy and not the Government's role in the crisis.


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