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NCJ Number: 48597 Find in a Library
Title: PRIVACY AND POLICE INTELLIGENCE DATA BANKS - A PROPOSAL TO CREATE A STATE ORGANIZED CRIME INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM AND TO REGULATE THE USE OF CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION
Journal: HARVARD JOURNAL ON LEGISLATION  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:(DECEMBER 1976)  Pages:1-110
Author(s): H L DRAPER
Corporate Author: Harvard Legislative Research Bureau
Langdell Hall
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 111
Sponsoring Agency: Harvard Legislative Research Bureau
Cambridge, MA 02138
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE ADVANTAGES OF ORGANIZED CRIME INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS ARE DISCUSSED, AND A COMPREHENSIVE MODEL ACT IS PROPOSED, CREATING A STATE-LEVEL ORGANIZED CRIME INTELLIGENCE UNIT AND REGULATING THE USE OF ITS INFORMATION.
Abstract: AN OVERVIEW OF POLICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS IS PRESENTED, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION PAID TO THE GENERAL AND SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS. ORGANIZED CRIME IS IDENTIFIED AS HAVING METHODS OF OPERATION THAT MAKE IT ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT TO THWART WITHOUT EFFECTIVE INTELLIGENCE UNITS. PRIVACY PROBLEMS ARE CATEGORIZED AND DISCUSSED, AND AN EXAMINATION SHOWS THAT PRESENT LEGAL CONTROLS ON INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS ARE INADEQUATE, WITH THE CHIEF SAFEGUARD AGAINST ABUSE BEING ADMINISTRATIVE SELF-RESTRAINT. IT IS CONTENDED THAT THE EXISTING LEGAL VACUUM CAN BE FILLED BY STATES ENACTING LEGISLATION SETTING STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR REGULATING ALL INFORMATION CONNECTED WITH SUCH SYSTEMS. AREAS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE IN THE DESIGN OF A STATE ORGANIZED CRIME INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM MENTIONED ARE: MAKING POLICE AWARE OF PRIVACY CONCERNS; REGULATING INFORMATION INPUT; REGULATING COMPUTERIZATION AND SYSTEM SECURITY; SETTING DISSEMINATION STANDARDS; AND DETERMINING THE ROLE OF COURTS IN ENFORCEMENT. THE MODEL LAW PROPOSED ATTEMPTS TO COVER ALL THESE AREAS. THE VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE MODEL LAW ARE FOLLOWED BY AUTHOR COMMENTS. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Intelligence files; Intelligence units; Laws and Statutes; Organized crime intelligence; Right of privacy; State laws
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