Campaigners condemn new consent forms authorising detectives to search texts, images and call data

Rape complainants are preparing to take legal action against police chiefs over requests to disclose sensitive digital records in order to proceed with rape investigations. Victims and specialists say the practices are disproportionate and may deter victims from reporting sexual assaults.

New consent forms formalise how police forces can ask for historical data including photos, texts and emails from phones, laptops and other digital devices or complainants risk having their cases dropped.

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