It does not appear that the Metropolitan Police Service is currently registered under the Data Protection Act, at least according to the Information Commissioner's public search form
Key word searches like the Name field for: Metropolitan Police, Commissioner, Chief Constable, Metropolis, MPS, Scotland Yard etc. or Name: Police Address: London, or Address: Broadway and/or Postcode: SW1H 0BG for New Scotland Yard etc. do not lead to a Data Protection Register entry for the Metropolitan Police Service.
The staff at the Information Commissioner's Office could not seem to find any current or pending Data Protection Register entries on their internal systems either, when we telephoned them.
The Metropolitan Police website section on Data Protection does not mention any Data Protection Register entry details, and the MPS Public Access Office, who deal with DPA Subject Data Access Request Forms, does not seem to have this information to hand either.
David Mery reports that the Metropolitan Police Data Protection Register entry seems to have disappeared sometime after November 2005 !
Is the Metropolitan Police Service really acting illegally by not being currently registered under the Data Protection Act, or has the Office of the Information Commissioner somehow lost their registration, but not that of any other Police Force or Intelligence Agency or Government Department ?