Rape victims are being told they must hand their mobiles to cops or risk their suspected attacker dodging prosecution.
Consent forms allowing officers to access message, photos, emails and social media have been introduced at police stations across the UK. With prosecutors saying they'll only be used for a "reasonable line of inquiry".
The change follows a string of rape and sexual assault cases collapsing when crucial evidence emerged at the last minute after police discovered vital data on mobiles that cleared the names of the men accused.
But victims of sexual crimes have hit back, Arguing that the information on their mobile phones should not be combed through by officers as they believe its an invasion of their privacy and that it will discourage people from coming forward and reporting crimes.
The Centre for Women's Justice and Big Brother Watch are urging for judicial reform. They liken the phone access to "digital strip searches" and "treating victims like suspects".
The fear is that women's past sexual history will be scrutinised using evidence found on phones, making it even more difficult for victims to stand up against their abusers.
Source: The Sun.