Last year the London Metropolitan Police ran a poster campaign against drugs showing the effects of crack on a womans face - BBC news has larger versions of the mugshots.
While some argued that the images were a privacy violation, the woman wasn't in the UK, the images were a series of her booking photographs in the United States over the course of ten years, and as such are public record.
This is the British ad campaign is depicted top.
Now, in France there's a new magazine called Choc magazine, a 'presse a sensation' meaning it's cheap tabloid journalism worse than the Sun has to offer. They launched with the same images as their ad camapign - causing governmental agencies and charities to denounce the mag from day one. It's one thing to use the images to demonstrate the long term effects of drug abuse and street life in hopes of scaring some viewers straight, it's quite another to use it sell tabloids.
(inside is a screenshot of Choc's homepage)