Rape survivors are being asked to give their phones to police. Here’s why that’s problematic.

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Victims of crimes in England and Wales, including survivors of rape and sexual assault, are being asked to grant police access to their phones. If they do not hand over their phones, investigations into allegations risk being dropped.

Rape charities have raised serious concerns over complainants’ privacy and the fact that suspects aren’t being placed under the same level of scrutiny by police. 

According to the BBC, complainants will now be given consent forms stating that they’ll have the opportunity to say why they don’t want police to access their phone data. The forms request permission to access messages, emails, social media accounts, and photographs. Read more…

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