Bad data handling leads to false arrests

This is a scary article – it tells the story of people being arrested because there was bad data in a police database. I work with data every day, and it is so easy to make mistakes. Things that sound trivial are not! I am sure we will hear more like this in the future. In this case, at least paper records could be consulted to resolve issues – but that won’t be possible 10 years from now, when issues like this happen, because the database is migrated to a newer system. Scary thoughts…

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