Hampshire Constabulary among 'worst abusers' of confidential information

Daily Echo: Police's data act abuses revealed Police's data act abuses revealed

HAMPSHIRE Constabulary has been exposed in a report as one of the worst forces in the country for abusing confidential information.

Figures from Big Brother Watch revealed that two police workers were convicted and two cautioned for breaching the Data Protection Act in the past three years, ranking the force among the ten worst in England and Wales.

They also showed that four police staff, three police officers and one civilian employee were sacked as a result of breaching the confidential files.

The force, which is the second largest non-metropolitan force, also ranked poorly when it came to the number of police officers and civilian staff who were sacked or were subject to internal disciplinary procedures for breaches.

Twenty-two police officers and 11 civilian staff faced internal disciplinary proceedings for breaches.

Now calls have been made for Chief Constable Alex Marshall to launch an urgent inquiry to stop repeats in the future.

The force says that none of the incidents related to staff misusing data for corruption or financial gain, but related to individuals accessing information for personal use, such as checking up on a new partner to see if they had come to police notice.

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The true extent to which police in Hampshire abuse their access to confidential databases was uncovered by Big Brother Watch under the Freedom of Information Act.

It revealed that between 2007 and 2010, the force ranked in the top ten for the most police workers convicted, sacked and those who faced internal disciplinary proceedings as a result of breaching the Data Protection Act.

Big Brother Watch director Daniel Hamilton told the Daily Echo: “People will rightly be outraged to hear that Hampshire police are one of the worst offenders nationally.

“The Chief Constable should come forward, admit the force has a problem and establish an urgent inquiry to ensure such breaches can never happen again.”

Hampshire police confirmed that past instances include an officer checking a vehicle before it was purchased and incidents relating to members of their immediate family, not corruption or financial gain.

A spokeswoman said that there were monitoring systems in place to identify breaches, with all staff aware that any breach would be dealt with “robustly”.

She added: “Hampshire Constabulary takes a proactive stance with regards to misuse of police information and always takes appropriate action when breaches are identified.

“These in the main relate to instances whereby individuals have accessed information for personal use only, which nevertheless is still taken very seriously.”

Nationally a total of 243 police officers and staff received criminal convictions for breaching the Data Protection Act, 98 had their employment terminated and 904 were subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings.

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11:59am Fri 8 Jul 11

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

How wonderful for all those people who are going out with someone from Hampshire police to think they'd been 'vetted' by their partner.
How wonderful for all those people who are going out with someone from Hampshire police to think they'd been 'vetted' by their partner. Hampshire Corn and Bread

12:00pm Fri 8 Jul 11

MGRA says...

why is this a surprise !?
why is this a surprise !? MGRA

12:09pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Niel says...

And these are the one's actually caught and bothered with! How many use their job to access data ostensibly to persue a known (or in their mind potential) 'criminal' when they actually want to persue a personal vendetta, passing information to others to facilitate the opertunity of criminalising someone? As one Sgt. put it, "don't mess with us, we're the biggest armed gang, with the biggest cross-referenced data-bases, in the country"...
And these are the one's actually caught and bothered with! How many use their job to access data ostensibly to persue a known (or in their mind potential) 'criminal' when they actually want to persue a personal vendetta, passing information to others to facilitate the opertunity of criminalising someone? As one Sgt. put it, "don't mess with us, we're the biggest armed gang, with the biggest cross-referenced data-bases, in the country"... Niel

12:21pm Fri 8 Jul 11

West Ender says...

Yet again quite a biased report from the echo. Hampshire Police employ over 70000 people or did before the banks messed it up for everybody. That is a very small percentage of staff who have got things wrong !!!
Yet again quite a biased report from the echo. Hampshire Police employ over 70000 people or did before the banks messed it up for everybody. That is a very small percentage of staff who have got things wrong !!! West Ender

12:39pm Fri 8 Jul 11

MGRA says...

West Ender wrote:
Yet again quite a biased report from the echo. Hampshire Police employ over 70000 people or did before the banks messed it up for everybody. That is a very small percentage of staff who have got things wrong !!!
yes shame on you Echo for pointing out criminal behaviour amongst THE POLICE ! what were you thinking of, the next thing, you'll be investigating catholic priests !
[quote][p][bold]West Ender[/bold] wrote: Yet again quite a biased report from the echo. Hampshire Police employ over 70000 people or did before the banks messed it up for everybody. That is a very small percentage of staff who have got things wrong !!![/p][/quote]yes shame on you Echo for pointing out criminal behaviour amongst THE POLICE ! what were you thinking of, the next thing, you'll be investigating catholic priests ! MGRA

2:03pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Lone Ranger. says...

It revealed that between 2007 and 2010, the force ranked in the top ten for the most police workers convicted, sacked and those who faced internal disciplinary proceedings as a result of breaching the Data Protection Act.
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Allegedly all the info was sent to :-
FAO Mr A Coulson, Wapping.
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Then forwarded to No10 Downing Street.
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And shortly to:- HMP Parkhurst
It revealed that between 2007 and 2010, the force ranked in the top ten for the most police workers convicted, sacked and those who faced internal disciplinary proceedings as a result of breaching the Data Protection Act. . Allegedly all the info was sent to :- FAO Mr A Coulson, Wapping. . Then forwarded to No10 Downing Street. . And shortly to:- HMP Parkhurst Lone Ranger.

3:09pm Fri 8 Jul 11

twbm says...

So: If Hants police had done naff all about the problem, so they didn't feature in the list at all, you'd all have been saying how great they were? I think it reasonable to assume police staff all over the country behave in a fairly consistent way, so well done Hants for being so proactive in tackling the problem.
So: If Hants police had done naff all about the problem, so they didn't feature in the list at all, you'd all have been saying how great they were? I think it reasonable to assume police staff all over the country behave in a fairly consistent way, so well done Hants for being so proactive in tackling the problem. twbm

3:11pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Stillness says...

West Ender wrote:
Yet again quite a biased report from the echo. Hampshire Police employ over 70000 people or did before the banks messed it up for everybody. That is a very small percentage of staff who have got things wrong !!!
The story relates to the number of people caught, not the number who abuse the system. That % would probably work out higher.
[quote][p][bold]West Ender[/bold] wrote: Yet again quite a biased report from the echo. Hampshire Police employ over 70000 people or did before the banks messed it up for everybody. That is a very small percentage of staff who have got things wrong !!![/p][/quote]The story relates to the number of people caught, not the number who abuse the system. That % would probably work out higher. Stillness

3:51pm Fri 8 Jul 11

vpharm says...

Hampshire POLICE FAILED to tell me as a WITNESS that the criminal I HELPED JAIL would get MY FULL NAME. The police say I have no risk of being attacked. Yet I WAS ATTACKED! Sadly the police refuse to seek the removal of my name & address from a COUNCIL PUBLIC WEBSITE. When I was attacked previously, my neighbour has to defend me. Yet the police TOOK 2 DAYS to come to my 999 call when I was attacked!
I think MR Bean is the Chief Constable of Hampshire POLICE!
Where is MY data protection principle 7 & section 13 data protection act 1998 & article 8 EU Human Rights Act right to privacy rights?
Sadly the gestapo like police rather continue to put a witness in DANGER, they FAILED to protect me & failed to tell me as a witness my name would be given to a convicted criminal. Inspector DOUGLAS & Jackson say that I am NOT at risk from the criminal. I found out that I am the only person with my name in the UK! Which means the criminal can trace my home address without problem!
The criminal has convictions for Robbery, theft, heroin dealing, is a heroin addict, & has committed agrivated vehicle theft as well!
Yet I am NOT at risk, even though the attackers said they were going to "cave my effing head in".
Hampshire police are so useless that I have just purchased a chocolate teapot as it is more efficient & useful that Hampshire police!
Hampshire POLICE FAILED to tell me as a WITNESS that the criminal I HELPED JAIL would get MY FULL NAME. The police say I have no risk of being attacked. Yet I WAS ATTACKED! Sadly the police refuse to seek the removal of my name & address from a COUNCIL PUBLIC WEBSITE. When I was attacked previously, my neighbour has to defend me. Yet the police TOOK 2 DAYS to come to my 999 call when I was attacked! I think MR Bean is the Chief Constable of Hampshire POLICE! Where is MY data protection principle 7 & section 13 data protection act 1998 & article 8 EU Human Rights Act right to privacy rights? Sadly the gestapo like police rather continue to put a witness in DANGER, they FAILED to protect me & failed to tell me as a witness my name would be given to a convicted criminal. Inspector DOUGLAS & Jackson say that I am NOT at risk from the criminal. I found out that I am the only person with my name in the UK! Which means the criminal can trace my home address without problem! The criminal has convictions for Robbery, theft, heroin dealing, is a heroin addict, & has committed agrivated vehicle theft as well! Yet I am NOT at risk, even though the attackers said they were going to "cave my effing head in". Hampshire police are so useless that I have just purchased a chocolate teapot as it is more efficient & useful that Hampshire police! vpharm

3:52pm Fri 8 Jul 11

nedscrumpo says...

well done Hampshire Police, I say. You've got a good system for finding out naughty plods and dealing with them. Unlike the Met who just take bungs form journo's
well done Hampshire Police, I say. You've got a good system for finding out naughty plods and dealing with them. Unlike the Met who just take bungs form journo's nedscrumpo

4:24pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Nearly an OAP says...

Corruption is rife in most industries and organisations so why should the police be any different from them. They are , after all human beings who can be tempted by financial gains and privileges even though they earn good money. A good watchdog to discipline discretions and bad practices is essential however and Hampshire Police do seem to understand this fully.
Corruption is rife in most industries and organisations so why should the police be any different from them. They are , after all human beings who can be tempted by financial gains and privileges even though they earn good money. A good watchdog to discipline discretions and bad practices is essential however and Hampshire Police do seem to understand this fully. Nearly an OAP

4:39pm Fri 8 Jul 11

SOULJACKER says...

Holy cow,

We can't trust anybody anymore :D

The whole system is corrupt & rotten to the core.....so this is democracy is it?

Where will this all end :(
Holy cow, We can't trust anybody anymore :D The whole system is corrupt & rotten to the core.....so this is democracy is it? Where will this all end :( SOULJACKER

5:48pm Fri 8 Jul 11

chrisdemeanour says...

They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost! chrisdemeanour

6:41pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Stillness says...

chrisdemeanour wrote:
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
Wife and dog in that order?
[quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost![/p][/quote]Wife and dog in that order? Stillness

7:16pm Fri 8 Jul 11

clausentum says...

Stillness wrote:
chrisdemeanour wrote:
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
Wife and dog in that order?
Could be dog then wife, but that would publicly demeanour ?
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost![/p][/quote]Wife and dog in that order?[/p][/quote]Could be dog then wife, but that would publicly demeanour ? clausentum

7:18pm Fri 8 Jul 11

clausentum says...

chrisdemeanour wrote:
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
I don't have a dog. I have a canary. It is completely untrustworthy - sings all the time.
[quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost![/p][/quote]I don't have a dog. I have a canary. It is completely untrustworthy - sings all the time. clausentum

8:20pm Fri 8 Jul 11

chrisdemeanour says...

Stillness wrote:
chrisdemeanour wrote:
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
Wife and dog in that order?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up!
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost![/p][/quote]Wife and dog in that order?[/p][/quote]I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up! chrisdemeanour

10:00pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Crazywolf says...

vpharm wrote:
Hampshire POLICE FAILED to tell me as a WITNESS that the criminal I HELPED JAIL would get MY FULL NAME. The police say I have no risk of being attacked. Yet I WAS ATTACKED! Sadly the police refuse to seek the removal of my name & address from a COUNCIL PUBLIC WEBSITE. When I was attacked previously, my neighbour has to defend me. Yet the police TOOK 2 DAYS to come to my 999 call when I was attacked!
I think MR Bean is the Chief Constable of Hampshire POLICE!
Where is MY data protection principle 7 & section 13 data protection act 1998 & article 8 EU Human Rights Act right to privacy rights?
Sadly the gestapo like police rather continue to put a witness in DANGER, they FAILED to protect me & failed to tell me as a witness my name would be given to a convicted criminal. Inspector DOUGLAS & Jackson say that I am NOT at risk from the criminal. I found out that I am the only person with my name in the UK! Which means the criminal can trace my home address without problem!
The criminal has convictions for Robbery, theft, heroin dealing, is a heroin addict, & has committed agrivated vehicle theft as well!
Yet I am NOT at risk, even though the attackers said they were going to "cave my effing head in".
Hampshire police are so useless that I have just purchased a chocolate teapot as it is more efficient & useful that Hampshire police!
You're simply doing it wrong. Tell them you're being attacked by a NAKED man - they'll be there in minutes.
[quote][p][bold]vpharm[/bold] wrote: Hampshire POLICE FAILED to tell me as a WITNESS that the criminal I HELPED JAIL would get MY FULL NAME. The police say I have no risk of being attacked. Yet I WAS ATTACKED! Sadly the police refuse to seek the removal of my name & address from a COUNCIL PUBLIC WEBSITE. When I was attacked previously, my neighbour has to defend me. Yet the police TOOK 2 DAYS to come to my 999 call when I was attacked! I think MR Bean is the Chief Constable of Hampshire POLICE! Where is MY data protection principle 7 & section 13 data protection act 1998 & article 8 EU Human Rights Act right to privacy rights? Sadly the gestapo like police rather continue to put a witness in DANGER, they FAILED to protect me & failed to tell me as a witness my name would be given to a convicted criminal. Inspector DOUGLAS & Jackson say that I am NOT at risk from the criminal. I found out that I am the only person with my name in the UK! Which means the criminal can trace my home address without problem! The criminal has convictions for Robbery, theft, heroin dealing, is a heroin addict, & has committed agrivated vehicle theft as well! Yet I am NOT at risk, even though the attackers said they were going to "cave my effing head in". Hampshire police are so useless that I have just purchased a chocolate teapot as it is more efficient & useful that Hampshire police![/p][/quote]You're simply doing it wrong. Tell them you're being attacked by a NAKED man - they'll be there in minutes. Crazywolf

10:46pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Stillness says...

chrisdemeanour wrote:
Stillness wrote:
chrisdemeanour wrote:
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
Wife and dog in that order?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up!
Ahh. A fellow coward lol.
[quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost![/p][/quote]Wife and dog in that order?[/p][/quote]I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up![/p][/quote]Ahh. A fellow coward lol. Stillness

11:15pm Fri 8 Jul 11

now in the north says...

Stillness wrote:
chrisdemeanour wrote:
Stillness wrote:
chrisdemeanour wrote:
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
Wife and dog in that order?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up!
Ahh. A fellow coward lol.
You could probably trust your wife with your dinner and your dog with your wallet.
But, on a sad note. You cant trust a system that does not breathe, live or love. A system written on paper, that demands money, acheivements and targets from living breathing humans who have a very direct effect on other peoples lives.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost![/p][/quote]Wife and dog in that order?[/p][/quote]I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up![/p][/quote]Ahh. A fellow coward lol.[/p][/quote]You could probably trust your wife with your dinner and your dog with your wallet. But, on a sad note. You cant trust a system that does not breathe, live or love. A system written on paper, that demands money, acheivements and targets from living breathing humans who have a very direct effect on other peoples lives. now in the north

11:59pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Stillness says...

now in the north wrote:
Stillness wrote:
chrisdemeanour wrote:
Stillness wrote:
chrisdemeanour wrote:
They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost!
Wife and dog in that order?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up!
Ahh. A fellow coward lol.
You could probably trust your wife with your dinner and your dog with your wallet.
But, on a sad note. You cant trust a system that does not breathe, live or love. A system written on paper, that demands money, acheivements and targets from living breathing humans who have a very direct effect on other peoples lives.
Wow! Sounds like you have been reading the singing cedars of Russia. Anastasia rules. OK.
[quote][p][bold]now in the north[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisdemeanour[/bold] wrote: They used to say a society gets the police force it deserves and I guess that's right, cheap, money grabbing rubbish! I can think of no-one you used to be able to trust who I could trust now, not the police, politicians (could you ever trust them!) lawyers, judges, doctors, local authorities,not anyone, (I do trust my wife and dog though so all is not lost![/p][/quote]Wife and dog in that order?[/p][/quote]I refuse to answer on the grounds that my wife will beat me up![/p][/quote]Ahh. A fellow coward lol.[/p][/quote]You could probably trust your wife with your dinner and your dog with your wallet. But, on a sad note. You cant trust a system that does not breathe, live or love. A system written on paper, that demands money, acheivements and targets from living breathing humans who have a very direct effect on other peoples lives.[/p][/quote]Wow! Sounds like you have been reading the singing cedars of Russia. Anastasia rules. OK. Stillness

2:28pm Mon 11 Jul 11

S00001 says...

Hampshire Police and Hampshire Professional Standards Department are totally lacking when it comes to serving the public. I have two police neighbours who have carried on a campaign of harassment against my family for over two years. The PSD have attempted cover-up continuously. The only justice can be found through publishing to open public via your own website or media. This is what I have done. Hampshire Constabulary know exactly how to lose or manipulate data when it suits them. It doesn’t surprise me that Hampshire is top of the list. Its no surprise that the public are losing faith in the Police. The police officer in my case was revealed and admitted that he pursued his own agenda in the background using police emails and meeting with other members of the police. The arresting officer held back disclosure from barristers and when barristers forced that officer to disclose all the data in their possession the knowledge of these communications became known. I have proof that officers lied before, during and after a court case. The PSD issued operational advice to one of the officers , but she still unbelievable serves in Hampshire Constabulary as a sergeant paid for by taxpayers who’d be furious if they knew what goes on behind the scenes in Hampshire Constabulary and at the PSD.
If any media organisation want to know more, please contact me directly.
Hampshire Police and Hampshire Professional Standards Department are totally lacking when it comes to serving the public. I have two police neighbours who have carried on a campaign of harassment against my family for over two years. The PSD have attempted cover-up continuously. The only justice can be found through publishing to open public via your own website or media. This is what I have done. Hampshire Constabulary know exactly how to lose or manipulate data when it suits them. It doesn’t surprise me that Hampshire is top of the list. Its no surprise that the public are losing faith in the Police. The police officer in my case was revealed and admitted that he pursued his own agenda in the background using police emails and meeting with other members of the police. The arresting officer held back disclosure from barristers and when barristers forced that officer to disclose all the data in their possession the knowledge of these communications became known. I have proof that officers lied before, during and after a court case. The PSD issued operational advice to one of the officers , but she still unbelievable serves in Hampshire Constabulary as a sergeant paid for by taxpayers who’d be furious if they knew what goes on behind the scenes in Hampshire Constabulary and at the PSD. If any media organisation want to know more, please contact me directly. S00001

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