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Former Police Official Found Guilty of Leaking Personal Data
From: Erica Absetz <eabsetz () opensecurityfoundation org>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:00:48 -0400


On Tuesday, Harju County Court found Alice Järvet, a former head of
the analysis and planning bureau, guilty of leaking information from a
police database.

Järvet was fined 9,398 euros and was suspended from police work for
three years, court spokeswoman Kristina Ots told uudised.err.ee.

In January, the public prosecutor made a second attempt at bringing
charges against Järvet, as the first guilty verdict had been appealed
by the Supreme Court last spring for being overly broad.

According to the indictment, Järvet twice disclosed private
information regarding a person's health, private life or business
activity to an unauthorized individual in 2009.

Speaking to uudised.err.ee, Järvet has previously called the charges absurd.

"Over the years I have conducted around 40,000 queries and have helped
police catch criminals involved in drug crimes and other crimes,"
Järvet said.

She said the queries in question were two e-mails sent to a former
significant other, Erki Korp, who heads Tallinn children's shelter.

"The queries were of a professional nature, related to drugs and
prostitution. And they were sent in full consciousness," Järvet said.
She added that the shelter had a special agreement with the police
that authorized her actions, and that Korp was an employee of the City
of Tallinn and therefore had more rights than a regular citizen.

Järvet was fired from the police when the scandal broke out in 2009.
She appealed the decision in court, but without success.
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