Scotland’s national police force has agreed to share intelligence on potentially dangerous offenders after it was accused of excessive secrecy by domestic abuse campaigners.

Senior officers at Police Scotland had curbed intelligence-sharing with charities, councils and the NHS for fear of being hit with massive fines for breaching EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into force in May 2018.

Marsha Scott, chief executive of Women’s Aid, which campaigns on behalf of domestic abuse victims, was among those who claimed the police had wrongly interpreted GDPR rules by refusing to share information that could protect women, men and children from harm and violence.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was called in by abuse victim groups and concluded that officers can share information lawfully if