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It is desirable to eliminate the concerns of the public by establishing an easily understood system regarding the storing and usage of such data.


Masahiro Tamura, a professor of police administrative law at Kyoto Sangyo University who previously served as head of the National Police Academy. He was commenting on a Nagoya court which ordered police to delete fingerprint, DNA and mug shot data of a man found innocent of a crime, an unprecedented ruling that could affect how police databases are managed.

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Yes, it’s called transparency.

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If it is only case related data and of course not systematically collected data from citizens like done in dictatorships or former iron curtain regimes, I would even recommend to keep it. In general, police work requires such data of course. And you never know, there are cases when a former innocent one is involved anyway or turns out back into being a suspect again in the same or a related or another case. How can you properly treat those cases then, if the already available and potentially helpful data had to be deleted in between , by police itself or after a jurist’s decision?

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Wasn't there an article recently in which the police were still storing personal data on floppy disks?

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