European Data Protection Digest

Ofcom: News Channel E-Mail Hack Warranted

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

July 3, 2013

Out-Law.com reports on Ofcom’s finding that Sky News Channel’s self-admitted hacking of e-mails belonging to a man who faked his own death and those of his wife was warranted. “Ofcom said that although Sky had operated ‘at the boundaries’ of what was ‘appropriate’ under broadcasting rules, it deemed that the public interest Sky pursued in its unauthorised accessing of John and Anne Darwin's e-mails outweighed the couple's privacy rights and therefore justified the broadcaster's actions,” the report states. The Darwins were convicted of fraud as a result of the incident, in which he disappeared and she collected insurance and pension funds after a purported canoe accident, the report states.
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