Anonymous asked in News & EventsOther - News & Events · 1 month ago

In UK many criminal records have been accidentally deleted, so would criminals know if their record were among these?

For instance they might declare their record, not knowing it was deleted, while applying for a job or insurance

7 Answers

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, it isn't the way it sounds in the papers.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

     Certain high level savvy criminals might find that out zj

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Anyone can apply to find out about their own criminal record (as shown on the PNC) upon payment of a fee.

  • 1 month ago

    Actual criminal records were not deleted, the Home Office said the lost entries related to people who were arrested and then released without further action.

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  • Robert
    Lv 6
    1 month ago


    No or unlikely, as such information would be understandably restricted. 

    However, a Police Certificate (UK) can be requested, showing if there is any criminal record:

    Regarding the news report that is the subject of the question:

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    15 January 2021.

    "The lost data included fingerprints, DNA, as well as arrest histories [... - ] “people arrested and released where no further action had been taken”. "

    Extract source:

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    Organizations are usually protected against data loss, by having backup system(s).

    Since the police also have the means to recover files deleted from computer systems, I therefore assume they will be well placed to recover files accidently deleted from their own systems.

    Example commercial file recovery tool:


    Review of file recovery tools:

    What implications do such tools have for those seeking to delete their confidential data, or wishing sell their computer?:

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    "[Heading:] Before you sell your computer, smash the hard drive, says Which [the consumer product review magazine]?

    [...] Even though people think they have wiped data from machines before they sell them on auction sites or put them onto rubbish tips, the files remain on the hard drives – and can contain vital information such as bank details and other personal data sufficient for identity theft. They can be recovered using specialist software that is widely available.

    The magazine recovered 22,000 "deleted" files from eight computers which it bought from the auction site eBay – demonstrating that normal deletion is insufficient to remove the data. [...]"

    Extract source:

    Secure file deletion:

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    "Below [see webpage] are list of recommended software tools for disk and file deletion. Use disk deletion tools when you need to erase the content of an entire disk drive, such as when you are retiring a disk drive, or the computer itself. Or you want to repurpose your computer by re-installing/upgrading your operating system. Use file deletion if you want to continue to use the computer as-is, but want to delete specific files or folders containing covered data."

    Extract source:

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    I hope this helps.



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  • 1 month ago

    It's not like they are getting a text or email saying congrats you no longer have a criminal record. So they won't really know unless they do a criminal check themselves. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    maybe but that would protect businesses and let them make a more informed decision on hiring someone. I don't know UK law but in the USA to get your record removed its called expungement. You go through an actual legal process petitioning the court to get it granted. After that, your records are either sealed or expunged and legally couldn't be used against you. But accidentally, I have personally never heard of that happening. Was the whole countries computer system hacked? don't they carry paper records for court proceedings (or were they super old and got thrown away) in which case the accused probably had a legal right to seek expungement anyway? 

    Anyway if it was "accidental" as you so claim these would not be released to them because they never went through any process. This was never supposed to happen and they just got lucky from some kind of error. Could they ever find out. Well they can hire a 3rd party to run a background check on them and if it doesn't come up then there probably good to go. 

    But I'm honestly more interested in this "accident" situation. Any links for clarification?

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