http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/ap ... sfeed=trueOperation Motorman: Guido Fawkes under fire over publication of files
Information Commissioner's Office condemns disclosure of alleged requests by NI journalists to private investigator
* Josh Halliday
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 10 April 2012 13.21 BST
The Information Commissioner's Office has said it "strongly condemns" the partial publication by the Guido Fawkes blog of its Operation Motorman files on alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act by journalists.
The blogger Paul Staines, who runs the Guido Fawkes website, on Monday night published details of more than 1,000 alleged requests by News International journalists to the private investigator Steve Whittamore for information including ex-directory telephone numbers, criminal record checks and vehicle registration details.
Guido Fawkes published details from the so-called "blue book" of News International information requests to Whittamore, including a number that appear to be prima facie breaches of the Data Protection Act, along with many more that appear lawful. Journalists have legal protection from the act if the story published is in the public interest.