Met only saw 'hack' list last week

The Metropolitan Police did not see a controversial list of 102 firms and individuals linked to rogue private investigators until last week, despite having access to the operational information that was used to compile it.

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MPs: 22 law firms 'appear on hacking-linked list'

Twenty-two law firms feature on a list of organisations and individuals linked to rogue private investigators, an influential group of MPs has revealed.

Legal firms feature most heavily on a list of 102 names passed to the Home Affairs Select Committee by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz. Credit: PA/PA Wire

The committee, chaired by Keith Vaz, has decided to reveal the categories of organisations on the list, but continues to protect their identities at Soca's request.

Around 10 insurance companies also feature on the list, along with eight financial services companies and two celebrities.

The range of sectors listed includes oil, rail services, security industry, pharmaceutical and debt collectors.

Vaz seeks answers over 102 names on 'hacking list'

Labour MP Keith Vaz has written to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) for answers over a list of 102 names of companies and individuals who allegedly hired private investigators to collect confidential data.

The chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee wants to know who authorised for the list to be classed as confidential.

Keith Vaz has sought clarification over the confidential list. Credit: Press Association

In his letter to the director general of Soca, the MP said: "You must be aware that the companies and individuals detailed as part of your investigation impact on people's everyday lives and therefore, there is a legitimate public interest in who made, and on what grounds, the decision to withhold."

In response, Trevor Pearce said there was "scope" for future investigations, telling Mr Vaz that remained the reason for not making the list public.


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