• Daniel Marshall
  • Terry Thomas


Privacy needs to be balanced against the needs of law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies to investigate crime and safeguard communities. The problem has always been to measure the nature of this balance in particular circumstances given the difficulties of defining ‘privacy’ in the first place. As long as there is discretion, there will be debates as to where the line falls to make it a proportionate rather than disproportionate intervention. According to Edward Snowden, ‘privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be’. In today’s digital age, it is important, now more than ever, that the criminal justice system is held to account for the safeguarding, collection and storage of private data.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Marshall
    • 1
  • Terry Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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