THE HALFORD CASE

  
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THE HALFORD CASE


Alison Halford was a senior police officer in the Merseyside Constabulary. During an employment dispute, her managers tapped her office telephone, (1) after exhausting her remedies under English law, she took her case to the European (2) of Human Rights, arguing a breach of her right to privacy (3) her private life under Article 8( 2). The court found in her favour stating that the interception (4) ‘unlawful’. This is a misleading term, and what it meant is that there was no applicable law (5) which a public authority could intercept communications on its own internal networks. (6) there was no law under which such interception (7) be regulated, the result (8) to be ‘unlawful’. The full Halford (9) judgment may be found on the Internet site and it is not (10) at all what you may (11) have been led (12) to believe.