Data Protection ActWatch
And it's likely to turn out that the police involved with Ian Huntley's history were actually in breach of the data protection act, even though they acted in fear and ignorance to stay within it's rules...they should have contacted the information regulator directly for advice before implimenting such an ill researched and badly thought out policy of random shredding of records.
Both the gas company and Ian Huntley were due to misinterpretation of the data protection act. i believe that the govt are bringing out a new guide to help interpretation of the data protection act which should solve the problem.
When does the law push it too far? eg that old couple who died coz the gas was turned off n coz of DPA the details cud not b forwarded to Social Services who wud of paid the bill. And Ian Huntlys past convictions bein cleared - robbery bein one of them, theft in a building he was employed as a caretaker SECURITY OF BUILDINGS! he was accused of rape a number of times, but is employed in a school! if he hadnt been employed due to DPA keepin that info those girls wudnt have died! Yet silly juviniel offemnces r kept oin record (as criminal as they r)
I see your point about the DPA. But, surely if it didn't exist it would lead to even greater injustice.
For example, an innocent person, falsely accused in a malicious prosecution case, would find gaining employment possible. The accusation would stick like ****.
For further example, another innocent person, would find in near nigh impossible to enjoy a fair trial because his/her previous convictions would be made known to, and almost certainly pervert, the impartiality of the jury.