PSNI probe as of­fi­cer photo shared on­line Woman’s se­cu­rity re­viewed over breach

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH MCALEESE

PO­LICE have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion after a pri­vate im­age of a fe­male of­fi­cer was shared on­line.

The Mir­ror un­der­stands the woman’s se­cu­rity has had to be re­viewed fol­low­ing the cir­cu­la­tion of the in­ti­mate pho­to­graph.

It is not yet known how the pic­ture found its way onto so­cial me­dia sites.

Chief In­spec­tor Keith Jack­son said: “Po­lice are cur­rently work­ing to es­tab­lish the ori­gins of a num­ber of im­ages posted across so­cial me­dia sites over re­cent days. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently un­der way.”

It is un­der­stood the cy­ber-se­cu­rity breach orig­i­nated on the What­sapp mes­sen­ger and has since been shared more than 1,000 times. PSNI of­fi­cers have pre­vi­ously been warned to be aware of their on­line safety to pre­vent their de­tails fall­ing into the hands of ter­ror­ists or be­com­ing a black­mail risk.

Al­though there is no of­fi­cial code of con­duct for of­fi­cers when us­ing so­cial me­dia there is a cor­po­rate pol­icy which warns of the risks ac­com­pa­nied with on­line use.

The PSNI has also launched a num­ber of in­ter­net safety aware­ness mes­sages for the public.

The force’s guid­ance in­cludes a warn­ing against shar­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or im­ages with strangers or post­ing any­thing on­line that peo­ple would be un­happy to be shared, par­tic­u­larly nude or nearly nude im­ages or videos.

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