NSW Police Dodgy Claims UK Software Company
The police are said to be using the software to access a critical database that contains information on most NSW citizens.
Micro Focus’ Australasian MD Bruce Craig told the program that the force does have a licence for 6500 users, but has been “handing out our software like confetti” to other law enforcement agencies and internal users.
The claimed unauthorised use of the application apparently came to light when the NSW Ombudsman told Micro Focus it would soon be using ViewNow. But Micro Focus knew the ombudsman did not have a licence.
Further investigations revealed that other law enforcement agencies were using the application. NSW Police, meanwhile, cannot say how many of its 20,000 staff are using the software, but Micro Focus reckons it is more than 6500, including staff in the Police Integrity Commission and Department of Corrective Services.