Privacy

By PA Mediapoint 05 March 8:58
An individual's right to control his or her private information was "cruelly and irretrievably" taken away by Mirror Group Newspapers, the High Court phone-hacking trial has heard. At a hearing to decide the amount of compensation to be awarded in eight representative cases, counsel David Sherborne said that by hacking a voicemail, it violated the rights of "human autonomy, dignity and psychological integrity" on a "deliberate, systematic and sustained basis", with no conceivable public interest, but purely for commercial profit.
By PA Mediapoint 03 March 13:44
Phone-hacking was "rife" at all three of Mirror Group Newspaper's (MGN) national titles by mid-1999 at the latest, the High Court has heard.
By William Turvill 03 March 12:26
The Metropolitan Police has admitted to using Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to secretly obtain the phone records of three Sun journalists and the paper's newsdesk as part of its Plebgate investigation.
By William Turvill 02 March 10:42
The publisher set aside £12m for legal costs associated “historic legal issues”, including phone-hacking, last year, and it said today there is “present uncertainty” about how much this could cost in the future.
By Press Gazette 02 March 8:46
A hearing to decide the amount of compensation to be awarded in civil phone-hacking claims brought against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) is due to start at the High Court today. Eight representative cases, none of which have settled, will be considered by Mr Justice Mann in London. They concern TV executive Alan Yentob, actress Sadie Frost, ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne, soap stars Lucy Taggart, Shane Richie and Shobna Gulati, flight attendant Lauren Alcorn and TV producer Robert Ashworth.
By William Turvill 27 February 16:20
The Metropolitan Police has said it is "disappointing" that journalists continue to make Freedom of Information requests on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act against news organisations.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 27 February 12:35
Guido Fawkes has been accused of “working collectively” with Press Gazette after attempting to find out, under the Freedom of Information Act, whether its staff’s telephone records had been secretly obtained by the Metropolitan Police under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 February 10:29
The case was the first in which the court had dealt with the use by journalists of hidden cameras to provide public information on a subject of general interest, when the person filmed was targeted not in any personal capacity but as a representative of a particular professional category.
By William Turvill 23 February 14:58
On Friday, Press Gazette declared victory in the Save Our Sources campaign when it emerged that the Government is to rush through interim measures to stop police viewing journalists' phone records without the oversight of a judge.
By PA Media Lawyer 11 February 15:11
GCHQ's former legal director has admitted that journalists' communications with their sources were barely considered when the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act was drafted. (Picture: Shutterstock)
By William Turvill 06 February 9:58
The Information Commissioner's Office has ruled that the BBC does not have to disclose how on-screen staff are recruited.
By William Turvill 05 February 12:32
The Metropolitan Police has revealed that its decision to reject a "vexatious" Press Gazette Freedom of Information request was prompted by guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers.
By William Turvill 05 February 10:53
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg expects journalists' phone records to be given legal protection from police spying in the Serious Crime Bill, which is due to come into law before the general election.
By Dominic Ponsford 04 February 17:00
The Interception Commissioner has called for a change in the law to protect journalists’ phone records from police spying.
By William Turvill and Emilio Casalicchio 04 February 16:11
The Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office has been praised for concluding that forces should require judicial approval to obtain journalistic records.
By William Turvill 04 February 14:44
Some 82 journalists have had their communications data obtained by police in three years, the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office has found.
By Emilio Casalicchio 03 February 14:57
The Information Commissioner has rejected a bid from Israel-based mining billionaire Beny Steinmetz to use the Data Protection Act to compel investigators to hand over the files they hold on him.
By William Turvill 03 February 12:00
The Metropolitan Police has barred Press Gazette from requesting information about its use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to spy on journalists.
By Emilio Casalicchio 03 February 10:27
News yesterday that three BBC journalists were questioned by police for flying a drone at Davos last month followed the arrest in Surrey of a freelance journalist who flew a drone near the scene of a fatal fire. Here Press Gazette takes a look at the use of journalism drones in the UK and finds how journalists can use them responsibly
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 30 January 12:54
The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has denied the suggestion his force misled journalists and the public over the extent of its spying on journalists as part of its Operation Alice investigation.

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