Published: 00:01, 04 June 2014 |
Special computer software - used by police to track paedophiles' online activities - doesn't work on tablets or Smartphones, it has been revealed.
The loophole was spotted after a convicted Kennington surveyor was handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
It meant that 39-year-old Damian Peters could only use devices which has the computer program installed.
“It is a balancing act but he knows if he deletes his browsing history he is in breach of the order" - Judge Simon James
He said Crown lawyers had since written to the court to say the software could only be installed on devices that have a particular connection, which excluded many Apple and Microsoft devices.
The judge said that in Peters’ case other restrictions – which included a prevention to delete the internet history of devices – was adequate to protect the public.
Peters- who was no present for the hearing – also has to inform police which devices he owns and to make them available for inspection by police officers.
“It is a balancing act but he knows if he deletes his browsing history he is in breach of the order.”
The Crown was told that if software is developed for use in tablets and Smartphones, lawyers can return to court to amend the order.
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