Met conducted 38 press leak investigations in five years - RIPA used in 'vast majority', says source | Press Gazette: "Last month the Met admitted to secretly obtaining the phone records of The Sun newsdesk and political editor, Tom Newton Dunn, in order to find the source of the paper's Plebgate story. The action - first revealed by Press Gazette - has been widely criticised and prompted the Home Affairs Select Committee and Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office to launch inquiries. The Home Office has promised new protections for journalists in a revised RIPA code of practice and today the Liberal Democrats tabled a change in the law to make police forces obtain the approval of a judge for RIPA requests involving journalistic material.
The Plebgate probe and other leak investigations are conducted by the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS)." 'via Blog this'