His efforts in chasing down an explanation from the Observer’s owners about breaches of data protection rules through ‘blagging’ by that paper have resulted in a response from GNM’s Managing Editor. As Iain explains on his blog:
Regular readers of False Doorway may well remember a piece I did a few weeks ago, at the height of the phone hacking scandal, challenging Guardian News and Media to explain the breaches of data protection rules cited with regards to the Observer by the Information Commissioner in the What Price Privacy Now report, and then-editor Roger Alton’s admissions in the aftermath of the matter.
Without any sense of irony, the response Iain received yet again underlines the utter hypocrisy at the heart of the core business of the Guardian Media Group. One rule for the Guardian stable of papers, one for everyone else. Read GNM’s response in full and Iain’s assessment of it on False Doorway.
Strange how GNM always rediscovers a sense of propriety when asked to comment about its own wrongdoing. So much for the values of CP Scott that GMG parades on its website. Values more honoured in the breach than the observance, clearly.