The point has been put that it may be unlawful to publish a photo of an
absconder who had been convicted of a serious criminal offence, but was
not classified as a danger to the public.
The question seemed to be, is this right under the DPA (as interpreted
by s.3 of the HRA)? The offenders Art.8 rights are clearly engaged.
My point is that such publication /is/ compatible with the offenders
Convention rights and lawful under the DPA because of the nature of the
qualification in Art.8 itself. Nothing to do with criminology.
Others may wish to discuss social policy. I don't.
Nick Landau wrote:
> You have chopped who you are responding to.
> I am not aware that anyone in this discussion would strongly object to
> your statement that:
> "It is in the wide interests both of public safety and of the
> prevention of crime and disorder, that absconders are caught and
> returned to their place of incarceration, even if the individuals are
> not an imminent public danger."
> I would imagine that a criminology or probation discussion group might
> be better suited to discussing these aspects which seem to be outside
> the remit of this group.
> Nick Landau
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