Hacked Off names blue-chip companies that used crooked private eyes

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.

(Note: in this case no client was ever prosecuted, and there is strong evidence here that at least some of the figures on the list were underestimates.)


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David Childsreply
July 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm

No surprises there amongst the highest incidences. But..Woman’s Own!!??

Elaine Decoulosreply
July 31, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Very interesting indeed to see ‘my friends’ at The Daily Mail at the top of the list! In the event anyone has forgotten, my libel claim against them remains stayed for costs, though I hope to change that soon. For those legally challenged, that means I have had no access to justice, no correction, no apology and no damages.

I am trying to recall, what was the status of this list in The Leveson Inquiry?

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