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Britain's crime database going online

LONDON, June 17 (UPI) -- Officials at Britain's National Police Improvement Agency say records of up to 15 million people will be included in a new police database tracking criminals.

The Police National Database will let police track criminals and their associates, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

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All 43 police agencies in England and Wales will have access to the database when it goes online next week.

Some members of Parliament and civil liberties groups expressed concern about the size of the database and the fact it contains personal information about people who are victims of crimes, not just criminals.

When the database goes online, more than 12,000 police officers and staff members will be able to access it.

David Davis, a former Conservative shadow home secretary, is among those concerned about the size of the database.

"Ten to 15 million people seems like an awful lot but the more concerning thing is that this is extremely dangerous information and we need to be certain that any access to this database is carefully monitored," Davis said. "Historically police databases have sometimes been made available to people outside of law enforcement agencies. This cannot be afforded for the PND to work properly."

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