Home » Surveillance » Government to rush through guidelines to stop police snooping on journalists | World news | The Guardian

Government to rush through guidelines to stop police snooping on journalists | World news | The Guardian

The review of surveillance powers was ordered after it emerged Scotland Yard accessed the phone records of the Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn to find who had leaked information on the Plebgate row.

May’s report found that Ripa did not “provide adequate safeguards to protect journalistic sources” and recommended that “judicial authorisation is obtained in cases where communications data is sought to determine the source of journalistic information”.

Speaking at a lunch for political journalists in Westminster in early February, Javid confirmed he backed a change in the law: “I want to see the law changed to make it happen during this parliament, because there is no excuse for using anti-terror legislation to threaten legitimate reporting, no matter how awkward that reporting might be.

via Government to rush through guidelines to stop police snooping on journalists | World news | The Guardian.

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