The Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security establishes standards for the security and integrity of law enforcement data systems, including standards and protocols for access to, and release of, law enforcement data.
These standards and protocols are binding on Victoria Police and are intended to ensure that Victoria Police manages law enforcement data in a suitably secure manner.
The Commissioner will also monitor compliance by Victoria Police with the standards and protocols.
The Commissioner established Standards and Protocols for Access to, and Release of, Law Enforcement Data in February 2007.
The establishment of general standards for the security and integrity of law enforcement data systems is expected in mid-2007.
The standards cover all forms of 'law enforcement data'. This term is defined in the Act to mean -
'any information obtained, received or held by Victoria Police:
- for the purpose of one or more of its, or any other law enforcement agency's, law enforcement functions or activities; or
- for the enforcement of laws relating to the confiscation of the proceeds of crime; or
- in connection with the conduct of proceedings commenced, or about to be commenced, in any court or tribunal; or
- for the purposes of its community policing functions.
The term is very broad and includes all forms of law enforcement data regardless of how that information is stored or recorded. In particular, the term includes both electronic and 'hard copy' information as well as images and audio or video content.