Victims of Crime: Mobile Phone Data - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:29 pm on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Carlile of Berriew Lord Carlile of Berriew Crossbench 3:29 pm, 8th May 2019

The noble Baroness’s responses have given us clear evidence of how much thought she has given to this difficult issue. Does she agree that consistency is very important? For years now, it has not been permissible for defence lawyers to cross-examine complainants about the clothes they wear or their sexual history without there being a clear evidential basis for doing so and the permission of the judge. Should we not be consistent and ensure that we protect the privacy of complainants, after a gross invasion may have taken place of their most essential privacy, and allow the trawling of electronic material only where there is a proper evidential basis for doing so?