Category Archives: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

23rd McNae’s sees significant new laws

The 23rd edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists reflects the fast-moving legal and regulatory landscape for the media, say its authors in a blog post. Juvenile anonymity in court cases, privacy and human trafficking are all areas with key changes that journalists must know about, they say – as well as journalists’ own rights. Read more

Media bodies back fight against ‘snooping’

Editors, media organisations, a lawyer and a former police chief have  supported Press Gazette’s Save Our Sources campaign, launched after the Metropolitan Police used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to search The Sun’s phone records in secret.

Read More:
‘Police are trying to criminalise whistle-blowers’ – petition update
Met Police ‘does not keep records’ of secret searches
Newspaper Society calls RIPA snooping ‘attack on press freedom’
Former police chief backs Save Our Sources campaign
Boris Johnson questioned over secret phones search
Chartered Institue of Journalists backs anti-snoop campaign
QC says use of RIPA for search is breach of human rights
Sun and Guardian editors and NUJ chief back campaign
Hacking reporter Nick Davis says journalists should ask RIPA tribunal if police have spied on them


‘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

Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018. 

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