European Data Protection Digest

Police Plan to Use Stop-and-Search Powers for 2012 Olympics

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

February 12, 2010

Police are proposing to use an anti-terror provision during the 2012 London Olympics that has been deemed unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights, The Times reports. The court found last month that Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to stop and search members of the public without suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities, violates individuals' right to private life. The Home Office is appealing the ruling. "If there is a severe level of threat we will be looking to use Section 44 at every Underground and railway station," says Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas, who is coordinator for the Home Office's Olympic National Transport Security.
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