Sir Cliff Richard v the BBC: privacy rights and criminal investigations – Tom Rudkin

20 06 2017

The helicopter images broadcast as police raided Sir Cliff Richard’s home in Sunningdale were unquestionably one of the most controversial news segments of 2014.  The case highlights the issue of privacy rights in criminal investigations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Privacy and the Police: Damages of £75,000 for disclosure of private information – Nick McAleenan

16 08 2016

Female SilhouetteThe Greater Manchester Police agreed, last week, to pay damages of £75,000 to a victim of domestic abuse whose private information had been wrongly disclosed by police officers. Read the rest of this entry »





Big Brother Watch Report: Data Breaches by Police Staff and Recommendations for Change

17 07 2016

big-brother-watchBetween June 2011 and December 2015 there were at least 2,315 data breaches by police staff. Over 800 members of staff accessed personal information without a policing purpose and information was inappropriately shared with third parties on more than 800 occasions. Read the rest of this entry »





Police relations with the Media: College of Policing consults on new guidance

1 06 2016

PrintThe College of Policing, which sets professional standards for police officers, is consulting on new Media Relations Guidance designed to provide “a framework to assist those in the police service who engage with the media to do so in an open, accessible and professional way” . Read the rest of this entry »





Free speech in the chiller as police pounce on journalists and academics – John Jewell

1 11 2015

image-20151030-16514-kescn8Two incidents have stressed the fragility of free speech in Britain in the face of police use of anti-terror legislation to seize materials from journalists and academics.  Read the rest of this entry »





Mazher Mahmood: Just Like Phone Hacking, the Met Narrows the Investigation – Bellingcat

13 12 2014

Mazher-Mahmood-010Metropolitan police’s Operation Silverhawk, an investigation into Sun on Sunday’s Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood is being led by Commander Martin Hewitt – who was one of the senior investigators in Operation Varec which was part of John Yates discredited investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: RIPA, Phone Hacking and Press Double Standards

29 10 2014

PoliceThe press have come together to present a united front following revelations that police have been accessing journalists’ phone records under provisions in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). The unanimous condemnation is in stark contrast to the censorial press coverage of the phone hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »