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Hackgate: Blue Chips And The New SOCA Dossier – What The Media Missed

Blaggers BBCYes, it is quite clear that getting information from SOCA is like pulling teeth. So many questions and loose ends. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know more about what offences are in dispute? Have SOCA really been liaising with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) or not? Who’s been sitting on what information, for how long, and why?  Wouldn’t some more clarity on Project Riverside (here) be informative? Continue reading

Hackgate: The Daily Mail Needs To Re-Think Reproof

Devon and Cornwall Police“Police gave Leveson a dossier on hacking by big firms and lawyers… but he dismissed it in 18 minutes… Evidence about the three-year inquiry was given by Russell Middleton, who was then an acting assistant chief constable for Devon and Cornwall Police.” Daily Mail (here) It seems the Mail have finally discovered some evidence given to Leveson over a year ago about a provincial police investigation more than ten years old. And about time too. Continue reading

Hackgate: Gloxinia And Flandria – Digging Over The Dirt

08-SOCAchief1-PAMaybe someone at SOCA grabbed a gardening book. Police investigations are usually given approved names in sequence – sometimes themed, often alphabetical. In fact, each name is first and foremost a cost code. So when you see Operation Plymouth, Operation Two Bridges, for example – someone has delved into their Ordnance Survey Guide to Devon. Weeting, Elveden – East Anglia villages. Flandria, Gloxinia – botanical terms, alphabetically consecutive. ‘F’ and ‘G’ – simultaneously allocated. Continue reading

Hackgate – Project Riverside and The SOCA Report

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. Continue reading

Hackgate: All Rise – Mr Justice Saunders At Southwark

Mr Justice SaundersWith the Mail speculating an alleged affair said to be political dynamite to No 10 and multiple News International appearances to answer charges at Southwark Crown Court, reporting (and non-reporting) of Hackgate was busy last week.  Defendants have understandably been the main focus of attention, whilst one person in the courtroom has largely escaped notice – the judge. The Honourable Mr. Justice Saunders, a.k.a. Sir John Henry Boulton Saunders, is handling pre-trial case management and may be the anticipated Hackgate replacement for newly-promoted Lord Justice Fulford. Continue reading

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