Private eye clients investigated

A total of 19 clients of rogue private eyes will be investigated for illegal activity, the data watchdog has confirmed.

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MPs urged not to publish private investigator client list

Soca, Scotland Yard and the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, have requested that none of the names on the list are published.

Mr Graham appeared before the Committee last month and is to provide an update on 8th October.

In his most recent letter, Mr Graham said:

I am concerned to avoid compromising any strands of my investigation.

In this connection, I should like to re-emphasise the continued need for the Committee not to take any further steps to publish the details of clients on the so-called Soca list.

The material relates to the period 2001 to 2009.

From material examined, I can say that in the case of 19 clients falling into the category of active there is evidence of a section 55 and/or data protection breach.

The Public Accounts Committee had threatened to release a full list of 102 of those involved.

Keith Vaz 'baffled' by Soca's delay

The most concerning outcome is that 12 of the remaining clients are now inactive which calls into question whether the delay has allowed illegal activity to go unpunished.

The Commissioner has kept his promise to Parliament and provided the information requested promptly and efficiently.

I am, however, baffled that for over four years Soca failed to conduct a scoping exercise which has taken the ICO only two weeks to complete.

– Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee

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Firms to be investigated over private eye claims

Among those suspected of dealing with private investigators who broke the law:

  • Five retailers
  • Four legal firms
  • Three insurance companies
  • Two financial businesses
  • One construction firm
  • One security company

A further three private investigators were also included.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham and his office were initially handed a list of 98 clients of corrupt private detectives by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Among them, 12 firms on the list were found to be no longer trading, while the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) was awaiting further information on another 11.

19 clients of rogue private eyes to be investigated

A total of 19 clients of rogue private eyes will be investigated for illegal activity, the data watchdog has confirmed.

In a letter to Keith Vaz MP, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said 125 victims were believed to be affected by the companies and individuals under criminal investigation for data protection breaches.

MPs had threatened to release a full list of 102 of those involved if action was not taken.

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