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Britain Struggles with Info Access vs. Privacy

PRIVACY—UK

May 13, 2013

In a recent case involving the theft of 113,000 GBPs from a building in Warwickshire, police refused to identify the man charged with the crime. His identity was only disclosed after free speech campaigners made hay, and it was then learned the suspect was a former police officer. “The incident is indicative of rising tensions between journalists and authorities in Britain” when it comes balancing privacy and freedom of information, The New York Times reports. “The police are in a real bind about this, because they have to balance the right to privacy against the public interest,” said one journalist. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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