Privacy body cracks down on ‘catch a crook’ websites

Shop keepers and others who place films and photographs of people they suspect of committing crimes on websites risk being fined up to €25,000 under new privacy legislation currently being drawn up, the AD reports on Monday.

The national privacy watchdog CPB is closely involved in drawing up the new rules which will be ready by the autumn. The aim is to stop private individuals ‘naming and shaming’ crime suspects.
CPB chairman Jacob Kohnstamm told the paper that everyone who infringes on other people’s privacy, whether or not a crime suspect, could face a hefty fine.
And major internet companies like Google and Facebook could be fined millions of euros if they infringe on people’s privacy. At the moment, the CPB can only levy provisional fines.
There have been a number of incidents recently of shop keepers and others using the internet to spread photographs of people they say have committed crimes.

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