Master or servant:

Master or servant:
The Metropolitan Police report into the Plebgate affair has revealed that the police sometimes use the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to obtain journalists phone records. This circumvents the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace), which has a specific clause requiring a judge’s signature in order to protect journalist’s sources.
One might think that the police would be sensitive to dodgy methods of accessing phone records after all the furore over journalists hacking voice mails. Instead we are slipping into a dangerous world where the authorities do as they please. This is the same mentality that criminalises parents if they disagree with their child’s doctor. It’s important in a democracy that we remember that the state serves us, not the other way around.

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