Saturday, 17 October 2009

Journalists may now face jail for privacy breaches

On thursday the Justice minister Michael Wills launched a consultation looking at toughening up the law on journalists obtaining confidential data. This is something that the data commissioner has been crying out for years as a means of preventing the casual willingness of tabloid journalists to break the law, as illustrated in Starsuckers. Much as we would like to take credit for this welcome move, it's entirely co-incidental that this was announced this just hours before the Guardian splashed our reverse sting of The People, The News of The World and The Sunday Mirror. 

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