Review comes amid sharp falls in number of rape prosecutions and fears of ‘digital strip search’ deterring victims

The impact on rape victims of police seizures of their mobile phones is to be examined as the Metropolitan police begin piloting a data inspection system designed to limit invasion of privacy.

The review by London’s victims’ commissioner, Claire Waxman, comes amid precipitous falls in the number of rape prosecutions nationally and fears that intrusive methods are deterring complainants from reporting attacks or pursuing cases.

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