Peter Valk reports:
A video of a man breaking into an old lady’s house was aired on a Dutch police website in a bid to put a name to the culprit.
However, the publication immediately drew fire from anti-privacy campaigners, and raised the question of how far police can go in using public appeals for information.
The complaint was filed by a Dutch organization called “Union of Lawbreakers” (BWO), who said in a petition to the country’s National Ombudsman that the video violates the privacy of the intruder.
The BWO, founded in 1972 with the aim to look after the interests of prisoners and ex-prisoners, says that security cameras in shops should be allowed but that “this is going too far.”
They hope to use the break-in video as a test case to further their cause.
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