What is the Wilson doctrine? The story behind MPs’ protection from snooping – The Guardian

‘The convention, outlined by former Labour PM Harold Wilson, says intelligence agencies should not bug MPs, but that hasn’t stopped such behaviour occurring.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2015

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Surveillance of MPs’ data challenged – BBC News

‘Three politicians will challenge the lawfulness of the intelligence services’ bulk interception of electronic data at a hearing later.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2015

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The Sun launches human rights legal challenge against Metropolitan Police over phone records search – The Independent

‘A legal challenge against the Metropolitan Police by The Sun newspaper – where three reporters say their human rights were breached during the ‘plebgate’ affair – has started at the High Court.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2015

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Phone hacking: Andy Coulson to pay £150,000 legal costs – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in costs, interception, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been ordered to pay £150,000 prosecution costs after his 2014 conviction for phone hacking.’
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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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MP privacy rules broken ‘deliberately’ in jail phone monitoring – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2015 in interception, news, parliament, prison officers, prisons, privacy by tracey

‘Independent report reveals new details of how prison officers listened in to telephone calls between MPs and prisoners from their constituencies.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2015

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High court to rule on MPs’ claim that data retention act damages privacy – The Guardian

‘High court judges will give their decision on Friday on an accusation that the government has imposed laws which allow the police and security services to “spy on citizens” without proper safeguards.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2015

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Met police to face tribunal over decision to access Plebgate phone records – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police is being taken to court in a landmark case over its decision to secretly obtain journalists’ phone records in an attempt to identify the mole behind the Plebgate saga involving the then cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2015

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News of World features editor sentenced over hacking – BBC News

‘Ex-News of the World features editor Jules Stenson has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence for his part in the phone-hacking scandal.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2015

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Tom Crone: News of the World lawyer faces investigation by Bar – The Independent

‘Tom Crone, the lawyer responsible for the legal affairs of the News of the World during the height of the phone-hacking scandal, is being investigated by the barristers’ regulator.’

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The Independent, 28th June 2015

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Independent reviewer recommends redraft of UK surveillance laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘Existing UK surveillance laws should be scrapped and replaced by a “comprehensive and comprehensible new law…drafted from scratch”, the barrister appointed to review UK terrorism legislation has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th June 2015

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What to look out for in Britain’s new surveillance bill – The Guardian

‘The government intends wholesale reform, but will it perpetuate a dark history of invasion of privacy or follow the US example, and end invasive surveillance?’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2015

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Andy Coulson: Prosecutors face questions after perjury charges against former News of the World editor dropped – The Independent

Posted June 5th, 2015 in conspiracy, interception, media, news, perjury, prosecutions by tracey

‘Prosecutors are facing questions about their decision to bring perjury charges against Andy Coulson after the judge dismissed the case against the ex-tabloid editor halfway through his trial.’

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The Independent, 4th June 2015

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Emergency surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs – BBC News

‘The High Court is to hear a legal challenge to the government’s emergency surveillance law brought by two MPs.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2015

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Gulati v MGN Ltd – WLR Daily

Gulati v MGN Ltd [2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 232

‘Damages for infringement of privacy rights should compensate not merely for distress but also, if appropriate, for a loss of privacy or autonomy arising out of the infringement as such, which might include, if appropriate, a sum to compensate for damage to dignity or standing so far as that was meaningful and not already compensated under the distress element.’

WLR Daily, 21st May 2015

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The police ask to look at our private messages once every 120 seconds – The Independent

‘Police officers in the UK ask for permission to monitor use of emails, text messages and internet searches once every two minutes, a new report has disclosed.’

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The Independent, 1st June 2015

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Phone hacking: massive privacy damages – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 27th, 2015 in compensation, damages, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

‘For some years in the early and mid 2000s, a routine form of news-gathering in the Mirror Group was phone hacking – listening to voicemails left for celebrities by their friends, and then dishing up revelations in their papers. And this judgment amounts to a comprehensive pay-back time for the years of distress and upset sustained by those celebrities, as the ins and outs of their private lives were played out for the Mirror Group’s profit. The damages awarded well exceeded those previously payable, as justified in the tour de force of a judgment by Mann J.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2015

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Phone hacking at Trinity Mirror ‘widespread’ for a decade, says judge – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘Phone hacking at the tabloid publisher Trinity Mirror was “widespread and frequent” for a decade, a high court judge has ruled as he ordered the company to pay a record £1.2m in privacy damages to eight victims, including the actor Sadie Frost and ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2015

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Phone hacking: Paul Gascoigne wins damages from Mirror Group – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2015 in appeals, damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Former footballer Paul Gascoigne has won £188,250 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2015

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GCHQ conducted illegal surveillance, investigatory powers tribunal rules – The Guardian

‘GCHQ, Britain’s national security surveillance agency, has been ordered to destroy legally privileged communications it unlawfully collected from a Libyan rendition victim.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2015

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News focus: law and justice pledges – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The general election manifestos are in – here’s our quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2015

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