Archive for the 'interception' Category

Phone-hacking laws are ‘very uneven and unclear’ – The Guardian

“The information commissioner has told a powerful group of MPs that legislation outlawing phone hacking is ‘very uneven’ and ‘very unclear’ and the law should be clarified.”

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The Guardian, 26th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS decides no prosecution of BT and Phorm for alleged interception of browsing data – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to consent to a request from an individual to begin a prosecution of BT Group Plc and Phorm Inc in relation to alleged unlawful interception of internet browsing data.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 8th April 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Law and police chiefs unite on scandal strategy – The Independent

“The director of Public Prosecutions and the second-in-command of Britain’s largest police force last night attempted to draw a line under a damaging split between them over whether legal advice limited the original investigation into the phone hacking scandal.”

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The Independent, 12th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

BT and Phorm escape prosecution for secret wiretaps – Daily Telegraph

“BT and Phorm will not face prosecution for trials of technology that secretly intercepted and profiled the broadband traffic of tens of thousands of people, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

News International could face prosecution – The Guardian

“News International as a corporation could face a criminal prosecution following its admission that the phones of celebrities were hacked into by its staff.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gordon Brown phone-hacking inquiry halted by civil service – The Guardian

“Sir Gus O’Donnell, the cabinet secretary, blocked an attempt by Gordon Brown before the general election to hold a judicial inquiry into allegations that the News of the World had hacked into the phones of cabinet ministers and other high-profile figures.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drug lord Curtis Warren’s conviction stands after supreme court rejects plea – The Guardian

“One of Britain’s most notorious drug dealers, Curtis Warren, has lost a legal battle that would have led to his conviction being overturned.”

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The Guardian, 28th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone hacking: Met and DPP clash over legal advice on stolen voicemails – The Guardian

“The phone-hacking scandal has spilled over into an extraordinary public clash between the Metropolitan police and the director of public prosecutions, with each side implying the other has misled parliament.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tessa Jowell goes to court to find out who hacked into her phone – The Independent

“Former cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has begun legal proceedings which could see her name added to the list of public figures suing the News of the World for alleged phone hacking.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High Court extends ability to strip people of right not to self-incriminate – OUT-LAW.com

“People accused of misusing confidential commercial or technical information have lost the right to avoid self-incrimination in court cases, following a High Court ruling.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Gray v News Group Newspapers Ltd and another; Coogan v Same – WLR Daily

Gray v News Group Newspapers Ltd and another; Coogan v Same [2011] EWHC 349 (Ch); [2011] WLR (D) 65

“The words ‘technical or commercial information’ in the definition of ‘intellectual property’ in section 72(5) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, section 72 (1) of which provided for the withdrawal of privilege against self or spousal incrimination in proceedings for, inter alia, infringement of rights pertaining to any intellectual property, meant technical or commercial information which could be protected by action.”

WLR Daily, 28th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Phone-hacking libel claim contested by Metropolitan police – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard is to contest a lawsuit that could establish the true number of victims in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone hacking: now judge tells police to stop protecting names – The Independent

“The likelihood of further News of the World (NotW) journalists being dragged into the phone-hacking scandal increased yesterday when a judge ruled that names believed to belong to the paper’s employees should no longer be blanked out on key documents.”

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The Independent, 25th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Phone hacking: police hand over evidence they claimed did not exist – The Guardian

“The Metropolitan police have been accused of misleading behaviour in the phone-hacking scandal after handing over evidence they had twice claimed did not exist.”

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The Guardian, 17th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High court judge criticises police failure to fully investigate phone hacking – The Guardian

“A high court judge has criticised the Metropolitan police for failing to adequately investigate allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World.”

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The Guardian, 15th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone hacking: PCC sets up working group – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission is setting up a working group to ‘draw together lessons learned’ from the new police investigation and various legal cases relating to the News of the World phone-hacking affair.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Metropolitan Police pledges robust phone hacking probe – BBC News

“Police will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in their investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World (NoW), Scotland Yard’s head says.”

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BBC News, 27th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New laws may be ‘only way forward’ to combat hacking of MPs’ phones – The Guardian

“MPs today (25 January) heard calls for new legislation that would give parliament powers to impose sanctions against individuals involved in phone hacking, even if the police decided not to proceed with a case.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone-hacking scandal: DPP orders ‘robust approach’ – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service is to adopt a ‘robust approach’ in examining ‘recent or new substantive allegations’ of phone hacking.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News of the World phone hacking: DPP orders review of police evidence – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday (13 January) announced that it would mount a ‘comprehensive’ review of phone-hacking material held by the Metropolitan police in a dramatic volte-face prompted by recent revelations in the courts.”

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The Guardian, 14th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News Corporation braces itself for fresh phone-hacking lawsuits – The Guardian

“News Corporation executives have been considering how to draw a line under the News of the World phone-hacking affair as the Rupert Murdoch-controlled publisher of the tabloid – via its News Group Newspapers subsidiary – braces itself for further celebrity lawsuits in the coming weeks.”

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The Guardian, 16th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

PCC to investigate Daily Telegraph’s covert recording of Lib Dem MPs – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission today kicked off an investigation into the Daily Telegraph’s covert recording of Liberal Democrat ministers, following a formal complaint from the party’s president.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Scotland Yard fights to keep phone-hacking targets a secret – The Independent

“The Metropolitan Police blocked legal action aimed at identifying all the alleged victims uncovered by its criminal investigation into phone hacking by the News of the World. Documents filed at the High Court in London show that Scotland Yard is resisting a claim for a judicial review of its handling of the case, on the basis that it does not have a public duty to contact everyone brought to the attention of detectives.”

Full story

The Independent, 13th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ex-KGB agent sues MI5 over ‘privacy breach’ – The Independent

“A former senior KGB agent is suing MI5 over invasion of his privacy, alleging his family members were victims of a campaign of harassment and unlawful surveillance.”

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The Independent, 6th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘New evidence’ found in phone-hacking lawsuit – The Independent

“Lawyers for Sienna Miller claim to have discovered evidence which shows that a senior News of the World executive was aware a private investigator was being paid to hack into the actress’ voicemails.”

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The Independent, 16th December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Phone hacking allegations – Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Phone hacking allegations – Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Andy Coulson phone-hacking investigation to be dropped – Daily Telegraph

“The Daily Telegraph can disclose that detectives are to be formally advised by the Crown Prosecution Service that Mr Coulson and other former and current employees of the tabloid newspaper have no criminal case to answer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Home Office mulls data law change – BBC News

“The Home Office has agreed to meet civil liberties groups as part of a consultation it is conducting into UK interception laws.”

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BBC News, 30th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

PCC makes formal apology for Buscombe’s phone-hacking remarks – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission, which oversees the newspaper industry’s editorial code, today found itself in the embarrassing position of formally apologising and paying damages for misleading remarks made by its chairman, Lady Buscombe.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court says News of the World staff who ordered phone hack must be named – The Guardian

“The private investigator at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal has been ordered by a high court judge to reveal who instructed him to engage in the illegal interception of voicemail messages of public figures.”

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The Guardian, 17th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone hacking: Lord Prescott seeks judicial review of Met police – Daily Telegraph

“Lord Prescott is to launch a claim for a judicial review of the Metropolitan Police’s handling of the News of the World phone-hacking case, he said today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Brian Paddick launches legal action on phone hacking – BBC News

“A former senior Metropolitan Police officer has issued judicial review proceedings against the force over newspaper phone-hacking claims.”

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BBC News, 13th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Phone-hacking row: government backs new inquiry – The Guardian

“Pressure mounts on Andy Coulson, as MPs call on the powerful standards and privileges committee to summon witnesses such as Rupert Murdoch to give evidence.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone hacking claims to be debated by Parliament – BBC News

“MPs are to hold an emergency debate later to discuss the allegations of phone hacking by journalists at the News of the World.”

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BBC News, 9th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Phone-hacking scandal: Theresa May defends police investigation – The Guardian

“Home secretary says it is not for government to decide whether there should be new inquiry into allegations against News of the World.”

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The Guardian, 6th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs seek fresh investigation into News of the World phone hacking – The Guardian

“News International and David Cameron’s PR chief, Andy Coulson, face the prospect of a fresh parliamentary inquiry into phone-hacking by the News of the World after Labour MPs said they plan to press for the issue to be referred to the powerful standards and privileges committee of the House of Commons.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Met asked to reveal what it knew about NoW hacking of officers’ phones – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard was tonight under fresh pressure to reveal what it knew about attempts by the News of the World to hack the phones of senior police officers.”

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News of the World faces fresh phone hacking charge – The Guardian

“The government tonight came under pressure to set up a judicial inquiry into the phone hacking scandal at the News of the Wordl after the paper confirmed that it has suspended a journalist while it investigates new allegations of the unlawful interception of voicemail.”

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Emails and phones snooped on by authorities every minute – Daily Telegraph

“Public authorities asked for confidential communications data on more than 525,000 occasions last year including a 13 per cent increase in requests by town halls.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government begins RIPA review – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government will review the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), the law that governs state tapping of phone, email and internet use. The law will be looked at as part of a wider review of counter-terrorism laws.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th July 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Rapid review of counter-terrorism powers – Home Office

“The Home Secretary has announced today that a rapid review of key counter-terrorism and security powers is underway. The review will look at what counter-terrorism powers and measures could be rolled back in order to restore the balance of civil liberties and counter-terrorism powers.”

Full press release

Home Office, 13th July 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Counter-terrorism powers to face government review – BBC News

“The government is to review key counter-terrorism and security powers including the 28-day limit on detaining terrorist suspects without charge.”

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BBC News, 13th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ken Clarke sets up secret inquiry into police killing of Azelle Rodney – The Guardian

“A ‘secret’ judicial inquiry is to be held into the death of Azelle Rodney, an unarmed 24-year-old black Londoner who was shot by a Metropolitan police marksman five years ago, the new justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has announced.”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK’s secret surveillance regime does not breach human rights, rules ECHR – OUT-LAW.com

“The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a claim that the UK’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) violates the human right to a private life. The UK’s rules and safeguards on covert surveillance are proportionate, said the court.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th May 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Work starts to reverse ban on using intercept evidence in criminal trials – The Guardian

“The government will attempt to make intercept evidence admissible in court, the Guardian has learned, in a move likely to bring ministers into conflict with the intelligence services.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitor General to examine ‘News of the World’ hacking – The Independent

“The News of the World phone-hacking scandal took a fresh twist yesterday as it emerged that Britain’s second most senior law officer is to examine concerns of collusion between the newspaper and police.”

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The Independent, 14th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Max Clifford drops News of the World phone hacking action in £1m deal – The Guardian

“The News of the World was tonight (9 March) accused of buying silence in the phone-hacking scandal after it agreed to pay more than £1m to persuade the celebrity PR agent Max Clifford to drop his legal action over the interception of his voicemail messages.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

PCC response to phone hacking controversy ‘weakened its credibility’ – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission’s actions over the phone-hacking controversy has weakened its credibility’ and ‘revealed major failings in its mandate and its ways of operating’, according to an independent report.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News of the World may offer Max Clifford cash to settle illegal phone hacking case – The Guardian

“The News of the World is believed to be planning to settle a court case which threatens to disclose further evidence of the involvement of its ­journalists in illegal information-gathering by private investigators. According to one source at the paper, executives have devised a plan to block the case by offering money to the celebrity PR agent Max Clifford to persuade him to settle his legal action over the illegal ­interception of his voicemail messages.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News International admits payout to phone-hacker was for unfair dismissal – The Guardian

“News International has admitted it was forced to hand former News of the World journalist and convicted phone-hacker Clive Goodman a generous payoff because it failed to follow statutory procedures.”

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The Guardian, 8th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Using intercept evidence in court ‘not yet viable’ – BBC News

“The use of intercept evidence in criminal trials is not yet ‘legally or practically viable’, the independent reviewer of terror laws has said.”

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BBC News, 10th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ban intercept evidence in terror trials, advises Lord Carlile – The Guardian

“Intercept evidence should not be allowed into British terror trials, the government’s terrorism reviewer said today.”

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The Guardian, 24th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Should intercept evidence on terror suspects be made admissible in court? – The Times

“The control orders regime for detaining suspects who have been neither charged nor prosecuted has been widely discredited.”

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The Times, 17th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Big Question: Will phone tapping convict more people, and why are its opponents so worried? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

Because a government watchdog has warned against the use of phone-tap evidence in court, following mock trials in which its use gave every indication of being a disaster. Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner and a former Lord Justice of Appeal, said he could see no way to overcome problems with such evidence, and that the Government should drop its plans. Use of the technique at trials through March and April revealed “real legal and operational difficulties inherent in using intercept as evidence in the UK”, he said, before adding: “I cannot see a way to safely overcome these”. Aside from the immediate question of whether the law should be changed, intercepted phone calls have come under the spotlight with increasing frequency. Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who now advises David Cameron, revealed this week that he had his phone bugged during his reign at the paper. Last year Sadiq Khan, a Labour MP, had his phone bugged during conversations with a constituent who was suspected of involvement in terrorism.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Gordon Brown’s plans to use phone tapping evidence in court thrown into chaos – The Times

“The proposed use of phone tapping evidence to secure convictions in terrorist and criminal trials has been shown in secret tests to be unworkable.”

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The Times, 22nd July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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