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The Times, Police Hacking and the Loophole that never was – Evan Harris

The_Times_20_10_2014On 20 October 2014 The Times had an alarming front page story with the headline “Police use loophole to hack phones and email” [£]. It was said that the police were “hacking” into hundreds of people’s voicemails, text messages and emails, using a “loophole” in surveillance laws. The complaint was that, instead of obtaining a warrant from the Home Secretary, the police were “getting round the rules” – by obtaining a production order from a Judge. Continue reading

News: Brooks and Coulson phone hacking appeal dismissed by Court of Appeal

rebekah-brooks-andy-coulsonThe Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, today dismissed appeals by phone hacking defendants from a ruling of Mr Justice Fulford that the interception of previously read voicemails was an offence under section 1(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (“RIPA”). The unsuccessful appellants included Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, and Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former head of communications. Continue reading

PRISM: The real concern is that governments may not be breaking any law at all – Matthew Ryder QC and Simon McKay

PRISMIn the coming days politicians and security officials on both sides of the Atlantic are going to be forced to explain the revelations in the Guardian and other newspapers about PRISM.  This program appears to have been set up to allow the US government access to personal data held by Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies. Continue reading

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