To prevent ATM scams, police in Taichung are now asking people who are withdrawing money from ATMs at specific times to provide personal identification and information. Many believe that this is unacceptable, because it's an intrusion of privacy. Lawyers also said that the police are going too far.
Now in Taichung, if you want to withdraw money from ATM, you may be interrogated by police. You may be asked to give your personal information as well for the sake of ATM scam. Only women and those above 60 years old are excluded from the new regulation. Many people said that they cannot accept this.
I think this is unnecessary. People just want to get some cash. I do not think there is anyone who wants to be questioned by police.
The police should question those who are talking on the phone while withdrawing money, because this may be a scam. However, if the person is not using a phone, then there is no need to interrogate.
Some police also think that this is unacceptable. They are asked by their supervisors to conduct a thorough interrogation of people withdrawing money from ATMs. They have to use body cameras to photograph people's face, and create a list of them. However, police officers explained that they only target ATMs popular with drivers.
== CHEN CHUN-AN Chief 3rd precinct Taichung City Police==
We are not implementing a thorough interrogation. We only target at people who appear to be suspicious. By doing so, we hope to crack down on ATM scams.
Besides the third precinct of the Taichung city police department, other police precincts also issued similar law enforcement rules. Lawyers said although the intention to prevent crime is good, the police has gone too far.
== LIN CHIUNG-CHIA lawyer==
The police cannot arbitrarily conduct thorough spot-checks and interrogate people around ATMs. People are allowed to raise objections. Damage caused by police may also result in state compensation, because personal privacy must be respected.
Lawyers said the police should not expand the interpretation of the Police Power Exercise Act. According to the Judicial Yuan-Interpretation No.535 rendered by the constitutional court in 2001, police are not allowed to conduct random spot- checks, crackdowns, examine or interrogate anyone freely. Therefore, police in Taichung should modify the new regulation.
TRANSLATED BY ARIEL HSIEH
邱植培 彭煥群 台中報導