Privacy

By William Turvill 31 October 9:04
A police force has said it would not give consideration to whether someone was a journalist when making a Regulation of Investigatory Powers request for their phone records.
By William Turvill 29 October 13:19
A former regional newspaper journalist believes a council spied on her meeting with local authority staff under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in order to "scupper" her investigations.
By William Turvill 29 October 9:25
Lord Strasburger received support from peers across all three major political parties for his Save Our Sources amendment, which was debated in the House of Lords last night.
By Cleland Thom 28 October 10:23
A call by Nick Clegg to have a public interest defence for the press inserted into laws like RIPA and the Bribery Act has been backed by the Society of Editors.
By William Turvill 27 October 8:46
The Express Newspapers title published an apology to the former England rugby captain after alleging a “blip” in his relationship with his wife, Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter.
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.

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