Flaws in Cellphone Evidence Prompt Review of 10,000 Verdicts in Denmark
The Danish Ministry of Justice will need to review 10,700 court cases dating back to 2012 to check if innocent people may have been convicted due to the use of erroneous cell phone location data by Danish prosecutors.
Earlier this year, two serious flaws were discovered in the IT system used by Danish authorities to convert data provided by telecom firms into cell phone location information that can place people at crime scenes. The first flaw resulted in this data being less detailed than it could be, while the second issue actually resulted in false data that could have potentially linked innocent people to crime scenes.
Danish Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup described the situation as a “very, very serious case,” that is “ shaking our trust in the legal system.”