European Data Protection Digest

Home Office Accepts Leveson Recommendations

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 14, 2013

The Guardian reports that the Home Office has accepted recommendations set forth by Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s inquiry regarding law enforcement requests of materials from journalists. The proposals—now open to consultation—would weaken the media’s protection from police demands to disclose confidential material but would still require an approval from a judge, the report states. The proposals would also weaken whistleblower protection. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has previously said the proposals would hamper investigative journalism. One expert said, "The proposals are wholly incompatible with press freedom principles long established under European human rights law."
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