The Human Rights Act, phone hacking and the media

A briefing by the LSE’s Human Rights Futures Project explores the role of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights in phone hacking convictions.

Interception of mobile phones and voicemail is regulated by law under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), passed in 2000. That Act was introduced in direct response to both the 1998 Human Rights Act and a European Court of Human Rights case in 1997. RIPA has been used to convict a News of the World private investigator for voicemail hacking in 2005-6.

In June 2011, the Human Rights Futures Project at the LSE also published a briefing on ‘Human Rights Act Reporting in the Media: corrections and clarifications’.

Click here for ‘The role of the Human Rights Act in the phone hacking convictions’

Click here for ‘Human Rights Act Reporting in the Media: corrections and clarifications’