Expectation of privacy if charged with crime police guidance clarified

24/03/2023 | The Guardian

Media organisations have recently expressed their concerns over guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to police forces in England and Wales advising them refrain from naming individuals charged with crimes including indecent exposure, domestic violence or child sexual abuse. 

In response, a statement from the College of Policing (COP) CEO, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said: “An open, transparent, and professional working relationship between the police service and the media is essential to public trust." While the ICO's amendments to its guidance had been proposed to take account of evolving data protection law, Marsh confirmed the advice that the COP offers police forces is clear, “at the point an individual is charged with a crime, there should be no reasonable expectation of privacy. We believe this is strongly in the public interest and compatible with data protection law.”

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