News: Phone Hacking – new investigations by the Home Affairs Select Committee

26 07 2011

Despite Parliament’s summer recess, the Home Affairs Select Committee continues to pursue its investigation into phone hacking – writing to a number of key participants seeking further information.  The Committee has today published its recent correspondence with solicitors Lord Goldsmith the former Attorney General, Lord Macdonald, the former DPP and solicitors Harbottle & Lewis. Read the rest of this entry »

Full body scanners and the law of privacy, a US Case – Patrick Bidder

26 07 2011

On Christmas Day 2009, a man boarded a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit and allegedly tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear. Thought to be a failed Al-Qaeda terrorist plot, this led to the introduction of Advanced Image Technology (‘AIT’) (full body scanners) in UK airports and the acceleration of their use in the US.

In the US, the introduction of the new technology has just been declared lawful. In the UK, the interim code of practice setting out their acceptable use has just been the subject of a public consultation. Read the rest of this entry »