Scumbags have rights too

A bloke owns a security business.

Naturally, he installed security cameras and equipment around his home.

Last December, he hit the jackpot when four of Ireland's finest representatives of low-life broke into his home. Four of them casually wandered around the outside before forcing a window and ransacking the place.

He placed the video from his CCTV up on his company's website.

He was ordered to take the video down.

Why?

What possible reason could "the authorities" have to order him to remove a video of four shitbags breaking into his home?

We note the noble intentions of the site to assist in the identification of criminals who were captured on film engaged in criminal acts. This Office views a photograph or image of an individual as personal data. In accordance with the Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003, a data controller can only process the personal data of an individual with their consent or in a limited number of circumstances listed under Section 8 of the Data Protection Acts. Section 2 B of the Data Protection Acts impose further restrictions on the processing of "sensitive" personal data. The commission or alleged commission of an offence is considered to be "sensitive" personal data.

This Office can find no basis for an exemption within the Data Protection Acts for the posting of personal images on a website for the purpose of identifying potential criminals other than a website run or managed by an appropriate law enforcement agency, such as An Garda Síochána.

Again, we note your intentions in creating this website and note also that currently there is only your own cctv footage available. However, if footage supplied from other individuals was to be posted on the site and this Office received a complaint from an individual, we would most likely find that the website is in breach of the Data Protection Acts.

Un fucking believable.

By posting the video, he is infringing the scumbags' rights?  Are they really fucking serious?

What happens if one of the little knuckle-draggers complains that his privacy has been infringed?  Do they apologise to him and arrest the chap who posted the video?

Personally I would have told the Data Commissioner to go fuck himself, but the bloke in question did comply and did remove the video.

Here it is.

Come on, Scumbags!

Sue me!

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Scumbags have rights too — 13 Comments

  1. I’d suggest that he writes back to the “authorities” advising them that the scumbags infringed parties will have to request the removal themselves. Obviously they will have to provide names, addresses and proof of identity before any action can be taken in their favour. It’s not that anybody could ever condone the addresses being passed to honest people who happen to own baseball bats, but accidents do happen….

    • I have seen no mention anywhere whether these "authorities" managed to catch the little bastards.  I suppose it's just easier to shoot the messenger….

  2. And plod's use of piccies and cctv in an an effort to 'identify' scumbags is different how?

    What really does beggar belief is the sheer volume of fiukwits that emerge from the population and gravitate in the employ of governments. Still the silver lining is 'come the revolution brother' the revolutionaries will know who to get rid of.

    • The difference is that "authorities" are those who suppose they know better than us Plebs.  They expect us to tug the forelock at all times.

      • I would argue that the order followers who impose authority upon others are told they are superior to the pleb. Clearly this opinion impressed upon the order follower is demonstrably false one can assume the order follower is ignorant or psychopathic.

  3. That video and the letter from the data protection assholes should go viral,and if the scum (or their scum solicitors-prostitutes) complain of an infringement of their rights, on their own heads be it,fuck the courts!!!!

      • I was well aware the site was down but there was damn all I could do about it.  Apparently the server was being attacked.  I blame the Anti-Smoker crowd!

  4. P.PS

    The man that posted it probably had to comply or the fuckers would find a way to have his licence to install security systems revoked.

    • I hadn't thought of that and I'm sure you're right.  Nothing like a drop of good old blackmail? [Is blackmail a non-PC term these days?  Should it be colouredmai?l

  5. Well done, GD. I've downloaded the video from YouTube just in case it disappears from there as well. Criminals, real criminals like those in the video (not the innocent who are convicted by a corrupt justice system)  have absolutely no rights whatsoever–including anything to do with privacy.

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