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Drink-drive scheme to be looked into by body

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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THE INFORMATION Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have confirmed they will be investigating Staffordshire Police after the authority named drink-drivers driving under the influence.

Staffordshire Police moved to name on their social media accounts all those who had been charged with the offence - before appearing in court - throughout December to crack down on drink-driving over the festive period.

The move has proved controversial, with the police accused of encouraging ‘trial by social media’.

A spokesman for the ICO said: “It’s still early but we’re making enquiries into a possible breach of the Data Protection Act.”

Staffordshire Police assistant chief constable Julian Blazeby said: “We can confirm we have been approached by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in relation to the recent drink driving campaign.

“They asked us to provide information on some elements of the campaign and we will be providing a full response to the questions they have asked in the next few days.”

Police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis had backed the campaign.

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