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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dissemination of Preliminary Investigation Report without Permission

The last 2 years, I've been receiving multiple messages that looks to have been written by investigation officer.

These messages received via whatsapp reads like preliminary investigation reports. Often, these reports contain information which are supposed to be embargoed from non-personnel like me.

Worst still, some of these messages share the name(s), identification document number(s), and age of either suspect(s)/victim(s). Some even managed to obtain photos of the suspect(s)/victim(s).

Let's see what law have you broken:
  1. Official Secrets Act, for illegal dissemination of preliminary investigation papers.
  2. If the victim's or suspect's name and identity document number are being shared, that is in contravention of Personal Data Protection Act 2010.
  3. If the victim or suspect is below 18 years old, meaning he/she is a juvenile, that is in contravention of Children Protection Act.
If you recall, in the case of the late Nurin  Jazlin, photos of her body was shared in the Internet. Her father rightly sued the govt for the case.

So if you don't want to be sued or prosecuted, stop sharing these information.

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