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Law and Media Round Up – 25 July 2011

Wordle: UntitledIn this regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.


This was the third week of the “phone hacking firestorm”.  This was the week of the “Super Tuesday” of Parliamentary Committees.  It was the week in which Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks gave evidence to the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee.   The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Assistant Continue reading

News: The trade in personal data – a new study of police disclosure of personal information

One important aspect the phone hacking saga is concerns the unlawful trade in private information.  In May 2006 the Information Commissioner published the report “What price privacy?” revealed “evidence of systematic breaches in personal privacy that amount to an unlawful trade in confidential personal information“.  This identified 3,522 occasions when 305 journalists requested information that the commission believed was likely to have been obtained illegally. Continue reading

BBC Radio 4 – the PM “Privacy Commission” Report

The Commissioners

The BBC Radio 4 PM programme “Privacy Commission” has reported.  The “Commissioners”, Sir Michael Lyons, Baroness Liddell and Lord Faulks heard evidence from 17 individuals – campaigners, lawyers, politicians and others (see below) – and yesterday issued a Report – with 7 pages of conclusions followed by a summary of the evidence heard and a number of appendices. Continue reading

News: Phone Hacking “Super Tuesday” – the day of the Parliamentary Committees

On what was to be the last day of the Parliamentary session the two Commons Committees which have been pursuing the phone hacking issue will hear evidence from a number of key players in what many commentators have suggested is a reassertion of parliamentary authority over some of the most powerful institutions in modern Britain: the Murdoch press, the police and (now) the Crown Prosecution Service.
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Inforrm Blog Resources: improved Tables of Cases

Regular readers of the Inforrm blog will have noticed that in recent weeks we have updated and improved the three tables of cases on the blog.   These have now been converted into Google spreadsheet form.  There are now “scroll bars” to enable the full table to be accessed – so that all the necessary information can be included.  We have taken this opportunity to tidy the tables up and introduce some new cases and links. Continue reading

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