Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications

The Home Affairs Committee has concluded its inquiry into Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications and published its Report.  

The Committee took follow-up oral evidence on 4 September 2012.


The Committee's Report on Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications (PDF PDF 382 KB) was published on 20 July 2011 as the Thirteenth Report of Session 2010-12, HC 907.

Government Response

The Government's Response (Cm 8182) was published in September 2011.

Follow-up oral evidence

Tuesday 4 September 2012
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, QPM, Metropolitan Police

Terms of Reference

The Committee issued the following terms of reference on 7 September 2010:

  • The definition of the offences relating to unauthorised tapping or hacking in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, and the ease of prosecuting such offences; and
  • The police response to such offences, especially the treatment of those whose communications have been intercepted; and
  • What the police are doing to control such offences

Rt. Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

The evidence of Assistant Commissioner John Yates today raised a number questions  of importance about the law on phone hacking, the way the police deal with such breaches of the law and the manner in which victims are informed of those breaches. I hope that this inquiry will clarify all these important areas."



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