20. Apr, 2018

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Revelations from a parliamentary committee show the Home Office is turning the UK into Big Brother. But it’s for the most ridiculous of reasons. It’s doing it to save money.

The Science and Technology Committee found that police forces are not deleting images of innocent people from their databases because of IT problems. Currently, deleting images is done by local police forces which makes the cost “difficult to justify”.

19 million images
The police hold 19 million images on their image databases. But many of these images are held unlawfully. In 2012, the high court ruled that the Metropolitan Police acted unlawfully in keeping images of a woman and a child who were arrested but not prosecuted.

At the time, Lord Justice Richards stated that a Home Office review of data retention should take place in a “reasonable further period” and that it should be “measured in months, not years”.