back to article Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

The cops who blabbed to the press about the UK's disgraced former First Secretary of State's alleged porn stash are to be investigated by Blighty's privacy watchdog. Damian Green, who was today sacked* from his Cabinet role by his old pal PM Theresa May, has been accused of having porn on his work computer. The claims, made …

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Excellent

Except the ICO will simply... do nothing?

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Quite rightly as it's not really responsible for this, just a convenient /dev/null for the government.

What about Maltby's allegations of sexual impropriety.

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And yet when it's not a member of the ruling class

The police have no problem telling all and sundry of allegations about individuals suspected of sex crimes, in order to "get other victims to come forward". The fact it ruins lives, usually men's, if they are innocent is of no concern to the State. They really don't care, just so long as they are seen to be doing "something".

If it's legally acceptable to name and shame some people before they have been to court, regardless of their innocence, then these policeman are just being consistent.

Unfortunately, the British establishment often doesn't want to know the real truth, they just want to shoot the whistleblowers. Especially if their friends are under the spotlight. If this hadn't become public you can be sure Queen Henry VIII would have ensured he remained in post, regardless of lying to Parliament. As usual, one law for the lawmakers, another for everyone else.

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Geek Squad

The same thing happens when people have their computers repaired by the "Geek Squad".

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/customer-sues-best-buy-alleges-geek-squad-worker-stole-published-f6C10929636

https://consumerist.com/2007/07/12/geek-squad-hatched-plot-to-harvest-porn-from-pornstar-jasmine-greys-harddrive-days-before-she-died-i/

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-buy-customer-geek-squad-employee-kept-racy-photos-of-her-2012-7

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/05/22/yes-geek-squad-can-search-your-files-and-hand-you-over-to-the-police/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/if-a-best-buy-technician-is-a-paid-fbi-informant-are-his-computer-searches-legal/2017/01/09/f56028b4-d442-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html

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Dick and Bacon

Crime-fighting duo, new to ITV in 2019.

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Self explanatory.

For a start MI6's role is foreign intelligence so it wouldn't be their job at all.

Au contraire mon ami. Having any sort of intelligence is fairly foreign to a great many politicians so there is a case for the MI6 secret squirrels to become involved in this.

Mine's the one with the secret decoder ring in the hidden pocket.

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MP’s working hours and private computers

There’s a lot of talk here and elsewhere about MP’s working hours and their work computers. Does an MP have working hours even when in HoP? Isn’t he often also working at home and other places? If some of his/her time in HoP is not working is it OK for an MP to use a private computer and how does it connect to t’interwebs?

I don’t know the answer to these questions though I suspect the lines between an MP’s “work” and private life are blurred.

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Those ex cops need prosecuting

No laws broken by their victim.

Leaking confidential and personal information.

And people wonder why trust in the Police is at an all time low.

Right pair of sleaseballs

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Re: Those ex cops need prosecuting

If there is a case to answer then expect a prosecution. But in the light of the absence of such a prosecution you might want to review your position. I don't condone the actions of the ex-coppers but it's obvious to me that they're mainly being used as scapegoats in the whole thing: don't look at the allegations of sexual impropriety, look at the naughty coppers.

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Re: Those ex cops need prosecuting

It seems fairly clear to me that if these ex-coppers were still serving, they would (pretty much) immediatly be dismissed for Gross Misconduct, and probably charged with "Misconduct in a Public Office".

The fact that they are no longer serving _shouldn't_ make a big difference.

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Re: Those ex cops need prosecuting

The fact that they are no longer serving _shouldn't_ make a big difference.

It doesn't but the timescale does. At a pinch this could be seem to be similar to the NoW phone hacking stuff, but the referral to the ICO rather than the CPS would seem to indicate that no one really thinks the law was broken here.

If there is a court case then it will be primarily with the Metropolitan Police and why let the leak to happen. But everyone expects this to blow over over Christmas now that Green has resigned.

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Seems a bit silly and somewhat surprising...for over 17 years now (long ongoing 'dispute') suspected pigyobs routinely flout that law along with all the others. Numerous breaches by these people over this time has had a large part in destroying my life...if only there was an appropriate body I can at least complain to :-(

But as I recall they didn't have a warrant to gain access to that computer in the first place. And it wasn't Green or any of his underlings that gave them 'permission'...It was the 'Speaker of the House' that effectively helped them into gaining illegal access...not just on Green but on his constituents and no doubt numerous other people. All of which is extremely personal...never arrested or prosecuted as usual.

Goes to show it's not really who you think is the government are the one's that rule us.

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Whistleblower or Public Interest?

These former policemen were probably acting in public interest following Jimmy Saville and others (Rolf Harris, Max Clifford, etc.) who got away with their behaviour for so long because no-one did come forward.

As people who had relevant information on a possible predador/pornographer they probably felt it was their duty to bring this information forward. Should the ICO investigate and find against these whistleblowers are they setting up the next Jimmy Saville/Rolf Harris/Max Clifford???

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Seems to me the cops would be in breach of data protection if they were still employed by the Met. As they are retired they are fairly immune to any sort of sanction. And they certainly would have taken advice on the matter of this being a criminal act.

So it was just a case of them sticking the boot into Dirty Damian's career. Perhaps they didn't like him.

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