Privacy

By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 24 October 14:24
Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe referred to the leak enquiries in his submission to the Leveson Inquiry, when he also revealed his force is "one of the few organisations which has established an independent command to deal exclusively with both overt and covert complaints and investigations".
By William Turvill 24 October 9:22
Met Police assistant commissioner Martin Hewett wrote to the chair of the committee, Keith Vaz MP, to say that the Directorate of Professional Standards was investigating the allegation that the BBC’s story had come from an Operation Yewtree.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 October 8:53
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Strasburger has tabled an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill that would require public authorities to ask a judge before accessing the phone records of journalists.
By PA Mediapoint 22 October 15:55
Scott Chapman, 42, was allegedly paid £40,000 for a string of stories about the child killer's time behind bars after he was jailed for child porn offences in 2010.
By William Turvill 21 October 10:14
Johnson told the London Press Club Ball on 9 October that “we are going to have to insist in future the police will not be able to see a journalist’s phone records without some kind of prior judicial approval”.
By PA Media Lawyer 20 October 12:22
Businessman Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who married the 31-year-old singer - better known as Cheryl Cole - in July, had sued Reveal publisher the National Magazine Company for invasion of privacy and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.
By William Turvill 17 October 11:49
Accessing the phone records of The Sun was “the very first thing” the Metropolitan Police did in its investigation into Plebgate, a lawyer for the paper has revealed.
By William Turvill 17 October 9:52
Thames Valley Police did not say Sally Murrer was a journalist when it applied to bug her conversations, her barrister has revealed.
By William Turvill 16 October 8:51
Proposed by Labour's John McDonnell yesterday, the Early Day Motion now has the backing of 11 other members from all major parties.
By William Turvill 15 October 16:25
Asked if the Crown Prosecution Service should be giving advice to police on the use of RIPA against journalists, Alison Saunders said: “I think RIPA sets out a very clear and very thorough framework, quite rightly so, for what are intrusive powers.”
By PA Media Lawyer 15 October 4:01
Paris Match was ordered to make the payout by the French courts after it published a story reporting a woman's claim that he was the father of her child.
By PA Media Lawyer 14 October 16:41
The need for an overhaul of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act was "obvious", said Blunkett. The chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission told the same committee that the legislation was "time-expired" and should be replaced.
By William Turvill 14 October 9:04
A police force used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to bug a journalist's car - but has denied using it to obtain a news agency's phone records.
By William Turvill 13 October 11:06
The force, which admitted last month to secretly obtaining the phone records of The Sun newsdesk and political editor under RIPA, has refused to describe the system on which applications are held – despite a Freedom of Information request made by Press Gazette.
By William Turvill 10 October 11:41
Former Ipswich Star reporter Mark Bulstrode was targeted after he questioned the force about the re-opening of a rape investigation.
By William Turvill 10 October 9:25
Ian Blair (pictured, Reuters) said that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, passed in 2000, would have been written differently if it was known police would use to secretly obtain journalists' phone records and expose sources.
By William Turvill and Press Association 10 October 8:26
Boris Johnson wants police to have to obtain "judicial approval" to access journalists' phone records in future.
By William Turvill 09 October 9:48
Labour MP Keith Vaz has asked every police force in the UK to provide him with details of the use of RIPA, with a breakdown of when it has been used against journalists.
By William Turvill 08 October 13:07
The Greater London Authority announced that RIPA was to be on the agenda for the meeting, which will be held at City Hall from 2pm.
By William Turvill 08 October 9:26
The Guardian (editor Alan Rusbridger pictured, Reuters) has become the third national newspaper to condemn the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act against journalists in its editorial.

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