Category Archives: Data protection

Visual hacking: a new data protection threat

“Visual hackers” can steal private data simply by looking at a computer screen over the user’s shoulder, researchers found. Read more here and watch the animation.


‘Save our sources’ fight against police snooping

Press Gazette launched a campaign to protect news sources after revelations that the police considered it legal to secretly obtain journalists’ phone records. It said it breached the right to freedom of expression, which included the right to protect sources (September 2014). Read more

Nick Davies, who exposed phone hacking, said police should have gone before a judge to justify examining a Sun journalist’s phone records. He said journalists targeted by public authorities should check whether their records had been snooped on. Read more

Police tracked Sun calls to unmask news sources

Police circumvented a law that protected journalists’ sources to secretly examine journalists’ phone records, using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Press Gazette, September 2014). Read more

Three whistleblowing officers were sacked as a result – despite escaping prosecution on public interest grounds. The Metropolitan Police defended the action. Read more

Liberty said unfettered use of the power was a worry for free speech. Read more

Terror laws ‘a threat to journalists’ – watchdog

Terrorism laws could be used against political journalists and bloggers, an independent watchdog warned (Guadian, August 2014). Read more

Press Gazette law writer Cleland Thom responded with a list of other laws that could be used to constrain media freedom, here

The 2014 report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation is here