The internet, the airwaves and the newspapers are full of speculation about the identities of ‘blue-chip companies’ and ‘high-profile individuals’ who allegedly employed private investigators guilty of using illegal methods.
Hacked Off is in possession of a list of 32 well-known companies and organisations which did just that and we publish it now for all to see.
This list is not completely new, but was first published here by the Information Commissioners’ Office in 2006, though it didn’t get much press coverage back then.
Now that national newspapers are engaged with this issue, and now that they insist they are determined to see such companies called to account, we feel they should give publicity to this important document.
The list names clients of Steve Whittamore, a private investigator who led a consortium of people using illegal methods to acquire personal information on a vast scale, and who was eventually convicted on conspiracy charges.
You can read more about this here.