20 Aug Suffolk Police Refuses to Release Details of Wanted Criminals Over Privacy Concerns
Suffolk, England – The Suffolk Police has refused a media request to disclose the details of around 200 suspects wanted for serious crimes including rape and drugs from as early as the 1990s, saying that releasing information that could identify the suspects will breach privacy rights under the Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act.
Even though other police forces in the country have complied with similar requests for the benefit of the public, Suffolk Police said that they would only release such information for an active investigation, or if they saw that the public was at risk. They added that since so much time had already elapsed, there was little public interest in crimes and therefore they found no “policing purpose” in disclosing the names.
Source: Ipswitch Star UK