Help hold police to account for a 2018 data protection breach

by John Pegram

Help hold police to account for a 2018 data protection breach

by John Pegram
John Pegram
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IT project manager and Bristol Copwatch founder.
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Latest: May 25, 2022

Less than 3 weeks

Police have less than 3 weeks to respond to Bindmans letter of claim. Knowing rectifications have been made is promising as it's likely the police will accept liability for the DPA 2018 breach.&n…

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I am an IT Project Manager, small business owner and founder of the police monitoring organisation and community project Bristol Copwatch. At the time the 2018 DPA breach occurred  I was 39 years old and an IT contractor. I am a mixed race black man. 

Background to the case -  

In 2018 I was wrongfully convicted of assault PC following a counter march to the extreme far right EDL in Bristol. 

The police provided no body camera evidence of the assault. It was my word against theirs and the court took the side of the police. The courts decided the incident was a case of  reckless contact. I was fined over a thousand pounds for something I hadn't done. I think the goal was to put me off protesting, the fact I'm a mixed race black person added fuel to the police's fire. 

I appealed in the crown court in 2018 and was unsuccessful,  and then again in the high court in 2019 following a successful  judicial review in which I was represented by Bindmans LLP. but at the High Court the conviction was upheld again. 

Angry and frustrated with the injustice of my situation I had decided to carry on attending protests to counter the far right but the police seemed intent on targeting me at following demonstrations.

 I was targeted and arrested in London in September 2019 following a march to oppose Boris Johnson being made PM, and then again in November 2019 on a counter demonstration to the far right in the North. On both occasions the police treated me as a potential threat. All cases were thrown out of court due to lack of evidence. 

I knew that something was wrong and comments were made by my solicitors at the time that I had been flagged or marked by the police. I knew the police were trying to wear me down and stop me campaigning. I decided to keep fighting for my rights  and knew that I wasn't alone  


The data protection breach

 In late 2021 I discovered that information on my PNC record (Police National Computer) relating to 'Assault PC' had been inputted incorrectly or altered in February of 2018. 

The summary of the event stated the name of a different police officer than who I was wrongfully convicted of assaulting and a completely inaccurate description of what happened. It stated that I punched a police officer in the face.

This was a complete contradiction to the crown and high court's ruling of reckless contact and a breach of the Data Protection Act 2018. Shocked and very much distressed that this was not only a conviction that had never happened but that my data had been changed I decided to seek legal advice and take action to get the breach remedied. 


What happened next 

Bristol Copwatch an independent police monitoring group I founded in 2020,  raised my concerns with the data protection team at Avon and Somerset Police late last year. I also requested a second subject access request in November 2021.

 On December the 8th 2021 I received a letter stating the breach had been remedied, but the police had only changed the name of the officer to the officer in court all those years ago. My PNC still said I had punched an officer in the face. The police were still in breach of data protection, disillusioned and not too sure what to do next  I lodged a complaint with the ICO. 

In January 2022 Bristol Copwatch issued a data rectification notice to Avon and Somerset Police's data protection team requesting the breach be correctly remedied to accurately reflect the courts ruling of reckless contact. 

Copwatch referred to s46 of the Data Protection Act 2018 or GDPR Section 16 requesting the right to rectification under law enforcement provisions. a non response to subject access request letter has also been sent to the police on my behalf.

 Since that non response letter, I received my SAR on the 23rd of January 2022 via Bristol Copwatch. The police were over a month late. but I had all the information I needed relating to the DPA breach to hand over to my solicitors.

Help me take action -

The police have targeted and harassed me for over 2 years of my life due to my ongoing fight for justice and attempt to clear my name. They seem to be determined to position me as a violent criminal. 

The information on my PNC record is real time information provided to officers on the street. It's the sort of information that is shared in intelligence briefings and could influence senior officers decision making. We need only look at how willingly the police use force against black people to understand the implications. 

Then there's the distress and trauma they have created and the fact that I'm not alone. The police routinely target and harass POC who fight for their rights. We've heard other stories of DPA breaches and alteration of data. 

It's important to put this breach right as it labels me as a dangerous person, when it comes to protest it may influence how the police treat me when I exercise my right to freedom of assembly.  The police must be held to account and comply with data protection regulation and my data must accurately reflect the court ruling of 2018 and 2019. 

What is the next step in the case? 

I've decided to bring in data specialists from  Bindmans LLP to represent me and ensure the police rectify the DPA breach. The next steps will be  to issue a letter of claim to the police. I intend to claim compensation for the distress the police have caused. 

How much  am I raising and why? 

I need to raise £1500 to fund the initial work on the claim. Legal aid isn't available for a data protection claim of this nature so I will need to privately fund,  and at this stage of the case it looks like it will need to run through a small claims court.

I've chosen Bindmans LLP due to their success in challenging the police in my Judicial review of 2019 and their vast experience in actions against the police and state.  I hope to hold the police to account for a breach of my article 8 human rights at a later stage. 

I want to put things right and hold the police to account for yet another abuse of power. I hope you can see me and please donate what you can! Thank you. 

Update 49

John Pegram

May 25, 2022

Less than 3 weeks

Police have less than 3 weeks to respond to Bindmans letter of claim. Knowing rectifications have been made is promising as it's likely the police will accept liability for the DPA 2018 breach. 

Dismantling the police lie is my personal goal this year, and I think the end results are going to benefit many in the community, besides I hope to challenge the miscarriage of justice that is the basis of the breach once again if I can. I'm still waiting to hear from the CCRC. 

Avon and Somerset Police seem to have a reputation for harassment of those who take a stand against them. Independent police monitoring group Bristol Copwatch has supported others who have been targeted by the police. It's important we fight for our rights and for justice.  Please share my story and donate to the stretch target if you can. Our rights matter. 

Update 48

John Pegram

May 16, 2022

Next legal steps

On 27.5.22 I should receive my latest SAR from the NCTPOC. I and Bindmans feel that there will be information held about me that could warrant further legal action against the police. I believe the DPA 2018 breach has made its way onto this infamous database. Please keep sharing my story and donate to the stretch target if you can. I want to raise another £1000.00 before 4/6/22. Civil liberties matter. Let's show the police what time it is. 

Update 47

John Pegram

May 13, 2022

Criminal cases review commission update

The CCRC is currently reviewing the miscarriage of justice and wrongful conviction of Assault PC at present. I can expect to hear from them by June. This is the reason that the DPA 2018 breach happened.

 If the conviction is taken back to the court of appeal I have a final chance at clearing my name. Please keep sharing my story and donate to my stretch target if you can.  I need to raise another £1000.00 before the police respond to the letter of claim on 4/6/22. Our digital rights and civil liberties matter. I hope you can see me. 

Update 46

John Pegram

May 7, 2022

NCTPOC SAR due by 27/5/22

I received an email and letter from the Met today, the police should provide my NCTPOC SAR by 27/5/22. but they say they are currently delayed, I'm not however letting them overstep the mark with getting it to me and Copwatch will if necessary assist with any issues.


It's really important right now to support anyone fighting for their rights and for justice. If you can share my story, and encourage others to donate to my stretch target or even consider donating again yourselves that would be great.

 I'm personally expecting an admission of liability to the letter of claim and the police have until the 4th of June to respond, but of course, they don't like losing. Here's to not just justice but the truth.
Update 45

John Pegram

May 4, 2022

Avon and Somerset Police appalling track record with racism

In February of this year, the police released a statement following allegations from an ex-police officer that the force had waged vendettas against black people.  Although the police will robustly deny issues with racism still exist as a volunteer caseworker for Bristol Copwatch I know this just isn't true. Then there are my own recent experiences of police targeting and harassment.

 Not only has this been due to me taking a stand a lot of it I am sure is down to the inherent racism of Avon and Somerset Police. They have until 4/6/22 to respond to Bindmans letter of claim. Please keep sharing my story and donate to my stretch target if you can. Always remember you are never alone. 

Update 44

John Pegram

April 28, 2022

Letter of authority sent to Information Rights and BTP get their data right

Yesterday I sent a letter of authority to the Metropolitan police Information Rights Unit for Bristol Copwatch to manage my latest SAR request. If I'm being surveilled by NCTPOC I hope to take action. 

BTP have got their PNC entry right according to ACRO. They said the PNC records show me as having carried a kubotan keyring and that I was found not guilty of possessing an offensive weapon.

It seems that little by little the police are rectifying data entries. Of course, we are still waiting for the police's response to the letter of claim. Please keep sharing my case and donating to the stretch target. We've got a long way to go before this is put right. 

Update 43

John Pegram

April 26, 2022

Case update

I've noted that Avon and Somerset Police and BTP have removed all descriptions on both my solely malicious conviction of assault PC and offensive weapon charge that was thrown out of the inner crown court. 

I would like the police to actually rectify the breach to have a description reflecting court rulings as the ICO stated in their letter to me and the subsequent letter to the police. 

"We have also asked that ASP review your request to have your PNC record amended to reflect the findings of the court, and to provide you with a response to this." 

I've emailed ACRO about issues with BTP and concerns surrounding SVRO stop and search. We are now waiting on the police to respond to the letter of claim. 

Please keep sharing my case and encouraging donations to the stretch target. Our digital rights have real-world consequences. Always fight for them. 



Update 42

John Pegram

April 25, 2022

The DPA 2018 breach and BTP PNC entry

I received an email from ACRO this morning. My PNC data appears to have been amended once again, this time the DPA 2018 breach has either been rectified or has had access to it restricted. I've noted that BTP has amended their PNC entry too.

From my point of view, it's over 3 years too late. The damage is done and the distress and trauma the police have created in my life remain. Please share my story and donate to my stretch target. The police must be held to account for what they have done. 


Update 41

John Pegram

April 24, 2022

Police harassment

I've just published a piece on my blog "The little fighter with a big heart" about what's happening at present when it comes to myself and the police. It's clear they are still targeting not just myself but Bristol Copwatch. I suspect however a lot of the hassle I've had comes from the fact I am currently taking action against Avon and Somerset Police.

I'm really keen to continue to raise awareness about my story and I need to raise another £1000.00 between now and June to allow Bindmans to do any additional work on my claim that is needed. If you can share my story and encourage donations to my stretch target that would be amazing. 

The police know they have breached data protection. They are attempting to wage a malicious vendetta against a community monitoring group with black people at the front. They must be held to account. 

Update 40

John Pegram

April 21, 2022

Overseas intelligence sharing issues

It's going to be interesting to see what the NCTPOC SAR brings back in a few weeks. One of my biggest concerns is overseas intelligence sharing. I've been out to an anti-racist martial arts tournament in Europe in the past and I can't help but wonder how law enforcement agencies have interpreted it. 

Being positioned as dangerous is bad enough but I'm interested to know if the DPA 2018 breach has been shared further afield. Even sitting on an NCTPOC database is a breach of my human rights. Here's Privacy International on why intelligence sharing needs greater regulation. Please keep sharing my story and donate to the stretch target if you can! 

Update 39

John Pegram

April 19, 2022

The ICO has upheld my complaint

The ICO has upheld my complaint about the DPA 2018 breach. They have stated 

"We have considered the issues you have raised with us. Based on this information, it is our view that ASP has not complied with their data protection obligations."

This is because the police did not respond to my rectification request sent with my consent by Bristol Copwatch within 1 month ( they didn't respond at all ) and because my SAR was over 1 month late. The ICO has written to the police about their information rights practices. 

They have also asked the police to review my request to have my PNC record amended to reflect the findings of the court. I hope this means the police will now acknowledge the seriousness of the DPA 2018 breach and how my rights have been infringed. Please keep sharing my story. Our digital rights and civil liberties matter. The police have until June to respond to Bindmans letter of claim. 


Update 38

John Pegram

April 18, 2022

Taking a stand against institutional racism

Fighting back against abuses of power and police corruption can be a daunting thing. The police are an institutionally racist organisation. Working together in our communities we can take a stand.

 I'm fighting to not only hold the police to account over a data protection breach but to clear my name and hopefully overturn a malicious prosecution if the CCRC decides to send my case back to the court of appeal. 

Most importantly, I'm outright determined to discover what the police have been saying about me as "not of any interest" is quite simply a bald-faced lie. The next few months are an important time for me in my fight for justice. 

I have been treated as a second-class citizen for too long by the police. I hope you can see me please keep sharing my story and donate to my stretch target if you can. I need to raise another £1000.00 by June. The police have until the 4th of June to respond to my letter of claim for a DPA 2018 breach. 


Update 37

John Pegram

April 15, 2022

The Met NCTPOC has just under 1 month to respond to my SAR

The Metropolitan Police NCTPOC (National Counter Terror Police Operations Centre) has just under 1 month to respond to my latest SAR request. As the ICO has already commented on Avon and Somerset Police's failure to respond to the rectification request sent with my consent by Bristol Copwatch it will be interesting to see if the police response is in line with ICO guidance.

The ICO will finish assessing my complaint beginning of next week and the outcome looks positive. If you can keep sharing my story over the next few weeks and donate to my stretch target that would be fantastic. Thanks for your support. The Police involved are clearly corrupt and racist. They must be held to account. 



Update 36

John Pegram

April 13, 2022

ICO guidance on personal data breaches

I'm due to hear from the ICO tomorrow about my complaint in relation to the DPA 2018 breach and just because it's useful information to know I thought I would share the ICO's guidance on personal data breaches. 

As soon as I know a little more about my complaint and where that's headed I'll update again. Thanks for staying with me for the long haul. Please keep sharing my story and donate to the stretch target if you can! 


Update 35

John Pegram

April 8, 2022

Fundraiser push!

I've just emailed backers in detail about the next round of fundraising for my claim. I want to raise £1000.00 between now and the 4th of June to allow Bindmans to do more work on my case, and respond to the police when we receive views on liability and advise accordingly. 

I'm expecting the police to admit liability for the breach. I'm also expecting the ICO to uphold my complaint. The police know they are in the wrong, and clearly have no respect for my rights. It's time to hold them to account. With your help, this can be done! 

Please keep sharing my story and encourages others to donate! together we can win. Our digital rights matter! 

Update 34

John Pegram

April 6, 2022

Questions about the breach from the ICO

Yesterday the ICO asked me 

1. Has Avon and Somerset Police ever responded to the rectification request made for me by Bristol Copwatch.

2. If they can see the email conversation between myself and the  head of data protection Stephen Derwin from 2021.

I’ve let the ICO know no response or grounds for refusal to rectify the breach were ever provided by Avon and Somerset Police. I’ve also sent the ICO disclosure containing that conversation. Stephen Derwin never suggested requesting rectification despite being sent a link to the high court ruling  of reckless conduct showing clearly that the police PNC description of Assault PC is completely wrong,

What the email trail will also show the ICO is that the records and PNC team knew about the breach last year and only changed  the name of the officer. The police chose to ignore a DPA 2018 breach this speaks volumes and does nothing to restore any trust in a police force that quite frankly has a lot to answer for.

Thanks for your support please keep sharing my story. We’ll know by June if we have to take the police to court to resolve yet another data protection breach.

 

Update 33

John Pegram

April 5, 2022

Avon and Somerset Police respond to the letter of claim

Avon and Somerset Police have responded to my letter of claim. They have requested until the 4th of June to respond with "views on liability."The police have also asked questions about the distress caused by the breach but under Bindmans guidance I want to understand the police's position on liability before we reply. 

Please keep sharing my story and if you can ask others to consider donating to my stretch target! The police know they have breached data protection and must be held to account! Thanks for your support so far!  

Update 32

John Pegram

April 5, 2022

"PC F" data protection breach

Earlier today Bristol Live published an article in relation to a data protection breach involving a police officer who has now been dismissed from the force known only as PC F. I can't help but wonder at what point incompetence becomes malpractice. I've certainly been on the sharp end of abuse of power. 

 How many more incidents are we to see of records held about us on databases being abused by the local police? It's important to hold the police to account and to call out abuse of power when we see it! Please keep sharing my story! the police have under 2 weeks to respond to Bindmans letter of claim. 

Update 31

John Pegram

April 3, 2022

Failing to respond to a rectification request

The ICO advised me that failure to respond to a rectification request is usually enough for a complaint about an organisation to be upheld. In this case, I made them aware that the police provided my SAR response 2 months late as well. I'm hoping that comments made by the ICO will strengthen my claim against Avon and Somerset Police as well as any evidence of intelligence sharing malpractice involving the NCTPOC and regional police forces. If this has happened then we may be looking at an article 8 breach too. This is from what I understand pretty serious and I will look to take further legal action. Please keep sharing my story. Bindmans will advise me of the police response to the letter of claim soon. 

Update 30

John Pegram

March 31, 2022

Intelligence sharing and a new SAR to be raised

Under the guidance of Bindmans, I'm going to raise a new SAR with the National Counter Terrorism Police Operations Centre (NCTPOC) formerly known as the National Domestic Extremism Unit (NDEU). Netpol has provided a great guide on making such a request and despite acknowledging that if I wasn't on their radar before I will be after raising a SAR I think it's worth it. 

Bindmans feel they are more than likely going to have me on their radar anyway due to political and community activism. I want to know if there has been any intelligence sharing and targeting, and from there will see what remedies are available to me via Bindmans LLP. Of course, if there have been any data breaches, it could be big trouble for the police. Please keep sharing my story and donate if you can! 

Update 29

John Pegram

March 30, 2022

ICO beginning work on my complaint in a week

I had a call from the ICO this morning about my case.  Not responding to a rectification request seems to be reasonably serious. That's unfortunate for the police. I've discovered the rectification request sat with around 3 different DPO officers before being completely ignored. The ICO has said if my complaint is upheld they will provide a report of their findings and make recommendations to the police. It seems that there would need to be repeated significant failings for them to fine the police. I can't help but recall that in 2020 there were 86 data breaches by Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Please keep sharing my story, I'll know in 14 days if we need to go to court. 



Update 28

John Pegram

March 25, 2022

My last update

I realised that I’ve mentioned an incorrect year, the wrongful conviction of “assault pc” occurred in 2018 as I’ve mentioned since launching my case and of course is the origin of the 2018 DPA breach. My arrest for “Assault PC” that led to the conviction and subsequent breach occurred in 2017 and as I’ve also explained was on a counter march to the fascist EDL. I’ve asked CrowdJustice to correct the year in my last update. Please keep sharing my story! 

Update 27

John Pegram

March 25, 2022

CCRC continue to investigate 2018 wrongful conviction

I spoke to the CCRC today. They are currently investigating the original wrongful conviction of “assault PC” from 2018 and are awaiting information from the police. This is of course the origin of the DPA 2018 breach. The CCRC are requesting bodycam and intelligence data from the police and agree it’s suspicious that no footage was ever provided. I’m on a long journey to clear my name but you know what they say about roads less travelled.. thanks for the support and please keep sharing my case!

Update 26

John Pegram

March 24, 2022

The letter of claim is ready and due to be sent to the police!

I’ve read the draft letter of claim due to be sent to Avon and Somerset Police this morning and have told Bindmans I’m happy with it. I’ll update more in a backers email but in the meantime please keep sharing my story and encouraging others to donate if they can! 

Update 25

John Pegram

March 22, 2022

Data specialists reviewing letter before release

Data specialists at Bindmans are reviewing my letter of claim before I give it  a once over and it’s sent to Avon and Somerset Police. We should be good to go for the beginning of next week latest!

Thanks again for all your help and donations! Please keep sharing and encouraging donations to my case! As a recap, Bindmans say police must correct SAR and PNC data. 

Update 24

John Pegram

March 17, 2022

Information on the right to rectification / ICO update

Morning all, as the police seem to have failed compliance with Bristol Copwatch's data rectification request I thought it might be of interest to share the ICO's guidance on our right to rectification.

The ICO has now assigned a caseworker to my DPA complaint and I had a very positive call with Bindmans yesterday! I'll update you on the case again soon, please share my story and encourage others to donate! 

Update 23

John Pegram

March 11, 2022

British Transport Police due to change their PNC entry

BTP have decided to change some of their PNC entry as they can see that "baton" is really not an accurate description of my keyring. You would have thought a police officer would know the law around Kubotan keyrings but clearly, the colour of my skin dictated the decision to make an arrest following the PACE search. I'm hoping to add this "inaccurate" 2019 data entry to my claim. 


 

Update 22

John Pegram

March 11, 2022

Police data entry is 'wildly inaccurate' and issues with non response

Having assessed my SAR and PNC Bindmans LLP have described the data entry relating to "Assault PC" as wildly inaccurate. I have been told that SAR data needs to be amended as well as my PNC. 

It's interesting to note the police breached ICO compliance when failing to respond to Bristol Copwatch's data rectification request sent to the data protection team in 2021. The police provided no explanation for their non-response. Please keep sharing my story. Our digital rights matter. 

Update 21

John Pegram

March 11, 2022

Further press interest in my case!

I've been a little bit overwhelmed with the support for my case and I should be telling my story to The Bristol Cable soon! If you can keep sharing my story and encourage others to donate that would be great! 

Update 20

John Pegram

March 7, 2022

The letter of claim and my case

Bindmans are due to begin to prepare a letter of claim to issue to the police next week. It's been noted that there are issues with my SAR as well as PNC that should be corrected. It's also worth noting that the police have failed to abide by data rectification guidelines and have not kept me informed or explained their nonresponse. What has happened to me is racist policing in action. Please keep sharing my story. 

The stretch target 

After the police receive my letter of claim they will have 21 days to respond. We will know at that point if we need to go to court. I'll keep you in the loop, thanks for your support! 

Update 19

John Pegram

March 7, 2022

4 years

You may have read my blog before but yesterday I wrote a round-up of the state of play of things with my case and of course a couple of updates about my volunteer work with Bristol Copwatch! I'm not alone when it comes to racist harassment and targeting by the police here. They'll be more updates from Copwatch soon, but if you can keep sharing my story and encouraging donations that would be great! 


Update 18

John Pegram

March 3, 2022

BTP and data protection

Hi all, in addition to Bindmans assessing my case and Avon and Somerset Police's DPA breach from 2018 it may be that BTP has also made a similar "error." The priority is getting the breach put right locally and of course, claiming compensation but malicious intelligence sharing and further data alteration is a concern. I'm talking to more press contacts about my story too! 

Update 17

John Pegram

March 2, 2022

Thanks for the contributions to the stretch target!

Thanks so much for the contributions to the case's stretch target! I'm in meetings with Bindmans  early next week about the claim and I couldn't of got this far without your help! If you can keep sharing and encouraging others to donate that would be amazing! I'll update the case again as soon as there are new developments! 


Update 16

John Pegram

Feb. 27, 2022

The £8,000 stretch target

Thanks again for your help with this case! There is currently an 8k stretch target in case we need to go to court over the breach. This money will be used to secure representation from Bindmans LLP for the matter.  I'll update again next week, please keep sharing! 



Update 15

John Pegram

Feb. 26, 2022

We've achieved the £1500 funding goal!

We've raised £1500.00! Thanks for everyone's help and support in getting to this point! There is now enough money raised for Bindmans to start their work and issue a letter of claim to the police!  I'll update you as the case progresses! Do keep sharing my story, it's important to raise awareness about police abuse of power! 

Update 14

John Pegram

Feb. 24, 2022

Bindmans due to take action

I'm pleased to say it looks like the initial target is going to be met before the deadline! If you can continue to share my story in the meantime and encourage friends to donate that would be grand. Bindmans are due to take action. Thanks for all your support and help so far,  and when the claim letter is ready I'll update you again. 

Update 13

John Pegram

Feb. 21, 2022

Letter from the Police in December 2021 / Case papers

I've included a snippet of a letter received from Avon and Somerset Police DPO in December of 2021. This is following my initial request that the police amend my data. A formal rectification request was made afterwards by Bristol Copwatch. As of the 8th of December 2021 and over 3 years on the police are still in breach of the DPA 2018. 

DP WITH OTHERS TAKING PART IN A MARCH IN BRISTOL AND HAS ASSAULTED PC 3994 MILLETT BY PUNCHING HIM IN THE FACE

You can find a link to the case papers here in which the police admit no officer was punched and the courts class what was described by my solicitors at the time as a wrongful conviction as "reckless contact."  It is important to put this right. By helping me take action you will be helping expose police misconduct and racist targeting. 


Update 12

John Pegram

Feb. 21, 2022

Non responses, data breaches and deadlines

I'm still waiting for a response from Avon and Somerset Police into the original DPA breach that has caused so many problems,  the police claim to be investigating  but not only have breached the time limit for rectification have also failed to keep me informed about the progress of their investigation. 

Of course, this is to be expected and the norm for Avon and Somerset Police. Besides, data protection breaches are in general commonplace for the police as an organisation. There's 10 days left to go of my campaign and I think we'll achieve the £1500.00 goal to help me take action! If you can continue to share my story and donate that would be amazing. Digital rights matter. Lets show the police what time it is! 

Update 11

John Pegram

Feb. 18, 2022

13 days to go!

With 13 days left to reach target I'm really pleased to say we are only £380.00 away from achieving my goal! The support and solidarity has been amazing. The ICO will touch base about my complaint towards April and and I'm confident I'll see justice via Bindmans LLP with your help! please keep sharing my case and encouraging others to donate! 

Update 10

John Pegram

Feb. 16, 2022

Thanks for the pledges and spread the word!

Thanks for all your pledges and shares so far! We're nearly halfway to target! If you can keep sharing and encouraging donations to my case that would be amazing! My story in the Canary has been very well received and it's a great way to spread the word!

Update 9

John Pegram

Feb. 14, 2022

My story is in the Canary!

Thanks for all your pledges so far we're making fantastic progress towards our goal! The Canary has published an article about my story and case! if you could share it in your networks that would be great! 

Update 8

John Pegram

Feb. 10, 2022

Look out for my story in the press!

Thanks for all your pledges and support so far, please keep sharing my story and I hope the donations keep coming!  Look out for my story in the press! 

Update 7

John Pegram

Feb. 9, 2022

2nd possible data breach on my PNC

As I have already mentioned I have applied to ACRO to have a PNC entry made by BTP in 2019 deleted from my PNC record. It seems the data entry made is also inaccurate in it's wording. Bindmans will also look at this entry made by the Transport Police when funding is in place. 


Update 6

John Pegram

Feb. 7, 2022

My ICO complaint

The ICO have been updated with further information from the police SAR disclosure in relation to the DPA breach. An external and internal email trail shows the head of data protection stating clearly in writing a PNC entry cannot be deleted or amended followed by the record team amending my PNC entry to still reflect inaccurate and misleading information. Please keep sharing and donating to my case. Our digital rights matter and have real world implications for all of us! 

Update 5

John Pegram

Feb. 7, 2022

Article 8

Thanks for your support and donations so far we're off to a great start!  I'm looking to take action against the police beyond the breach in itself and distress caused for a breach of my article 8 human rights. If you want to learn more about why article 8 matters take a look at John Catt's story! There's also a great resource from Liberty here.  Our digital rights are our human rights! Please keep sharing and donating. 

Update 4

John Pegram

Feb. 4, 2022

My ICO complaint

The Information Commissioner's Office have advised me that they will begin to assess the breach themselves halfway through March. If my complaint is upheld I hope this adds some additional weight to my claim! please keep sharing and donating. Thanks again for your support and solidarity so far! 

Update 3

John Pegram

Feb. 3, 2022

Police fail to respond to data rectification request

Thanks for your donations so far!  As of today the police have failed to respond to a formal request for data rectification  When it comes to data breaches I'm really not alone. Avon and Somerset Police had 86 breaches in 2020. Abuse of power occurred in 2021 too. Please keep sharing and donating to my fundraiser! It's essential to hold the police to account when they do us wrong!


Update 2

John Pegram

Feb. 2, 2022

Intelligence sharing

Bindmans have suggested looking at intelligence sharing of my data when they begin work on the case. This is another area I can potentially challenge Avon and Somerset Police over, every pledge you can make to my campaign will bring me a step closer to taking action! 

Update 1

John Pegram

Feb. 2, 2022

Deletion of British Transport Police's PNC entry requested

I've applied to ACRO to have British Transport Police's PNC entry removed as it can impact my life (SVRO) and career in the IT sector. I was found not guilty and the case was thrown out of the Inner London Crown Court in November 2019. You can read about this and everything else that has happened here.



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