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Phone Hacking

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 13th July 2011.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:33 pm, 13th July 2011

Unlike my hon. Friend, I am not a lawyer, but I believe it is a criminal offence, because someone who obtains information falsely is breaking the law. This is another aspect that I am sure the inquiry can look at, however.

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Jean James
Posted on 14 Jul 2011 2:23 pm (Report this annotation)

Which law, specifically?

Simon Cozens
Posted on 15 Jul 2011 7:55 am (Report this annotation)

The Data Protection Act, 1998, stipulates that personal data must be "fairly and lawfully" processed. The Information Commissioner has stated that this means that obtaining information by deception is illegal.