In her testimony to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee (20th July 2011), Rebekah Brooks mentioned that the Guardian was near the top of the list of newspapers using private investigators to illegally gain personal information as published in “What price privacy now?”, a report by the Information Commissioner. Tabloid editors have a habit of making up their own facts and this was no exception. The Guardian is not on the list at all. See below (from the report):
‘What price privacy?’ reported that 305 journalists had been identified during Operation Motorman as customers driving the illegal trade in confidential personal information.
The following table shows the publications identified from documentation seized during the Operation Motorman investigation, how many transactions each publication was positively identified as being involved in and how many of their journalists (or clients acting on their behalf) were using these services.
The Commissioner recognises that some of these cases may have raised public interest or similar issues, but also notes that no such defences were raised by any of those interviewed and prosecuted in Operation Motorman.
Text and table taken from: http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/library/corporate/research_and_reports/ico-wppnow-0602.pdf