Police to lose 'digital strip searches' powers of rape victims

29/12/2020 | The Telegraph

Police are expected to be banned from conducting "digital strip searches" of sexual assault victims under a new law to prevent investigators from trawling through their personal lives. A new bill, which will be introduced next month, will only allow the police to search a victim's mobile phone where it is strictly necessary, and to extract only the minimum of data required for their investigation. Police and the CPS ceased using mobile consent forms in sexual assault cases in July 2020 following a review of phone seizures earlier in the year.

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Sexual Assult, Victim, Privacy

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