LEDS Mega Database in Great Britain

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LEDS Mega Database in Great Britain
Short Title Law Enforcement Data Service Mega Database
Location Great Britain
Date October 2020

Solove Harm Aggregation
Information Identifying, Criminal, Behavioral
Threat Actors Law Enforcement

Affected People in the UK
High Risk Groups Criminal
Tangible Harms

Law enforcement in the United Kingdom is creating a so called LEDS mega database, that will allow police and other agencies to have more information than usually due because of the combination of several databases.


The Law Enforcement Data Service (LEDS) is a unified, common interface to a new mega-database containing up-to-date and linked information about individuals’ lives developed by the Home Office National Law Enforcement Data Programme (NLEDP) in the United Kingdom. The stated aim of LEDS is to “prevent crime and better safeguard the public”. As such it will be accessed by both police and a diverse range of agencies, including – but not limited to – the National Crime Agency, HMRC, and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

By combining datasets which are currently siloed, the information routinely provided by LEDS will be much broader than the current single database searches. The data in LEDS is vast, ever-increasing, worryingly mixes both evidential and intelligence material. A single interface to numerous diverse databases provides much more information than would traditionally be expected for policing - including immigration status, driving licences, and material gathered from intelligence.Aggregation

The Home Office expects the first stage of LEDS to be operational by late 2020, and will continue to add further data sources through to 2023, and beyond.


Threat: UK law enforcement combining datasets with peoples personal information in one unified mega database
At-Risk group: People in the UK
Harm: Aggregation
Secondary Consequences: not known

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