Hackgate – Project Riverside and The SOCA Report

2 07 2013

What price privacy now?On 22 June 2013 the Independent published a genuine scoop – ‘The Other Hacking Scandal‘ (here).  Tom Harper obtained and reported on the full and unredacted version of the 2008 Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) report on ‘Project Riverside’. It collated and detailed five investigations uncovering serious illegalities by ‘rogue element’ private investigators. The Indy’s scoop triggered a chain reaction amongst some of Harper’s fellow journalists seeking to blame Leveson for keeping them in the dark. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd – “Mother knows best…” – Kirsten Sjøvoll

2 07 2013

FatherOn 20 May 2013, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in AAA v Associated Newspapers ([2013] EWCA Civ 554). It held that the Claimant, a child, did not have her rights under Article 8 breached by an article in the Daily Mail which speculated that her father was Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The Judgment raises interesting questions as to the extent to which the behaviour of a child’s parent affects the former’s expectation of privacy. Read the rest of this entry »