European Data Protection Digest

Court: Police Photo Retention Policy Is Unlawful

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 28, 2012

The High Court has ruled that retaining photographs taken of suspects on file is unlawful, Out-Law.com reports. The Metropolitan Police Service (The Met) policy contained “deficiencies” that provided the police with “a disproportionate right to retain photographs of previous suspects that were either never charged or had been acquitted of any offence for too long,” especially in cases involving children, the report states. The court said the practice “engages individuals’ privacy rights” but added The Met should have time to revise its policy. The case involved file photographs of two individuals--including a 15-year-old--on whom charges were never pursued.
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