Sunday, January 16

The emergency police published a picture of the arrest on Snapchat: – Rough

Bamble emergency services posted a picture of an apprehended car driver while he was taking a blood sample at the emergency room. Rough, according to the Danish Data Protection Agency. The police’s practice on social media must be cleaned up, several believe.

This was the photo the police posted on Snapchat. Aftenposten has slipped the person to safeguard the person’s privacy.

It was Thursday night that the Emergency Police in southern Norway posted the following message on their Snapchat account: “UP stopped the driver without a valid driver’s license who admitted the use of hashish. Was also reported for the same in December. Here at the emergency room for a blood test ». The text is placed on a picture of the man, taken from the chest down, while he is sitting and has a blood sample taken.

The case has provoked strong reactions and was first mentioned by Varden. The police subsequently removed the photo.

One of those who responds is Rebekka Lossius. She is a psychologist and chair of the board of the Association for Safer Drug Policy in Western Norway.

– I think there is enough information in this picture for the duty of confidentiality to be breached. Those who know him will be able to identify him, she tells Aftenposten.

– If I had shared such a picture in my job as a psychologist, I would have been fired on the day, she states.

Lossius calls the publication unethical and distasteful.

– It is an outing to take pictures of people who are in such a humiliating situation. Even if people commit crimes, they should be treated with respect. What the police are doing here is degrading, she believes.

Psychologist Rebekka Lossius is one of those who has reacted strongly to the picture. She believes the police have published an easily recognizable picture of a person in a vulnerable and humiliating situation.

The Data Inspectorate: – Rough

The Data Inspectorate also reacts strongly to the picture.

– This picture is just over, and must be perceived as extremely offensive to the person affected, says communications director Janne Stang Dahl to Aftenposten.

She believes the publication looks like a breach of both the duty of confidentiality and the privacy regulations.

– The person in the photo can be identified using the photo and location. In addition, it is particularly intrusive that the person is depicted in a compulsive situation where a blood sample is required. It is a particularly vulnerable situation, she states.

Dahl says the Data Inspectorate has limited supervisory authority over the police, but that she assumes the police will follow up the case themselves.

Legal expert: – The duty of confidentiality is probably violated

Legal experts also react to the picture.

Associate Professor Anne Kjersti Befring at the Department of Public Law at the University of Oslo believes that the police have probably violated the duty of confidentiality in this case.

– It can look like that, because it will be easy to identify the person from the picture, she says.

She believes the image may also be in violation of legal provisions related to publishing images of people in vulnerable situations. These penal provisions have recently been tightened.

– The man in the picture is in a vulnerable situation he can not get out of, and is at the mercy of the police safeguarding his privacy, she points out.

Hans Fredrik Marthinussen, professor of law at the University of Bergen, says the picture is legally in a border country.

– But regardless of the legality, the publication of the image is completely unethical and unnecessary, he believes.

Believes the police often cross the line

Lossius will now appeal the case to the Special Unit for Police Affairs. She says this is not the first time she has reacted to the Emergency Police’s publications on social media.

– They have shared similar photos regularly on their Snapchat offices. There have been several pictures of the bodies of people they have stopped in different situations. I think it’s an outing to take pictures of people who are in such humiliating situations to make some sensational Snapchat stories out of it. It’s distasteful, she says.

Befring and Marthinussen also believe that the police are often too lazy with what they publish on their social media accounts, and should review their routines.

– There is generally a bad culture on the police’s social media towards privacy and objectivity. It seems that what they post should be a bit popular and a bit funny, but often they publish too much information. The police have great potential for improvement, Marthinussen believes.

UP manager: – Unfortunate

“On Thursday night, one of our patrols posted a picture on Snapchat of a person who had been caught driving while intoxicated and who was about to give a blood sample. The picture did not show the face, but showed the person from the chest down. We got some reactions to this. Therefore, a closer assessment of the image was made, which led to the image being removed after a short time “, writes UP manager Knut Smedsrud in a comment on e-mail.

“This publication on Snapchat was unfortunate in terms of privacy and the Emergency Police will learn from this. Our guidelines for the use of social media will be revised so that similar publications will not happen again “, he writes.

Smedsrud says the Emergency Police are on Snapchat and other social media to conduct preventive and informative traffic safety work.

“Our goal with the presence on Snapchat is especially to reach the youngest drivers. We are keen to inform about the consequences that result from speeding violations, driving under the influence of drugs, inattention and more. In addition, we show the occasional everyday moment “, he writes.

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