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Public prosecutor to stop publishing witness photographs

Tuesday 20 November 2012

The public prosecution department has agreed to stop publishing photographs of witnesses to crimes online in the hope of tracking them down, the NRC said on Tuesday.

The national privacy watchdog CBP told the justice ministry there are 'extremely large' risks associated with publishing the photographs.

In addition, placing pictures of people online who have no control over the publication can affect their personal lives, the privacy watchdog said.

Is privacy more important than solving crimes? Have your say using the comment box.

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Readers' Comments

With among the most extensive governmental databases of its subjects since Nazi Germany, NL has trouble tracking them and has had to publish photos in the hope that witnesses will come forward or others will "out" them? C'mon, Dutchies! Get some rights to privacy!

By Drawer 22 | 20 November 2012 5:01 PM

A suspects family name can't be published even following conviction. Yet it's considered ok to publish witness photos online?
Something's wrong here!

By Donaugh | 20 November 2012 5:33 PM

YES our privacy is important. In today's world we have just become a number and at ever turn we are loosing our privacy. Publishing witness photos could put them at harm not to mention their families.

By dee | 21 November 2012 7:20 AM

Weird situation of appealing for witnesses to witnesses!

By Darren | 21 November 2012 9:40 AM

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