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12,000 wrongly labelled as criminals in inaccurate CRB checks

Figures obtained from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) have identified that nearly 12,000 individuals have been wrongly labelled as criminals over the past five years.   some 4 million checks are carried out each year, typically by prospective employers.  It is understood that in more than a quarter of the cases that the information disclosed was inaccurate because it related to another individual.

The statistics were made available following a request under the Freedom of Information Act by the civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch.
source: The Guardian


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