The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint made by a woman shown on TV ONE’s Dog Squad attempting to smuggle tobacco to her partner in prison.
The episode showed dog handlers with the Department of Corrections searching visitors to a prison. It showed two occasions of the complainant being searched; firstly, her bag was searched when she was driving onto prison premises, and secondly, a sniffer dog identified that she was carrying contraband (tobacco) inside the prison and she was shown surrendering this to Corrections staff. In both instances her face was blurred.
The Authority considered that the complainant was identifiable, despite her face being blurred, by her clothing, body type and voice, and possibly other details.
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