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Thu 24 Feb 2011 13:30 BBC Radio 4

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Thursday 24 February 2011

In this half-hour news special Jon Manel uncovers new evidence of the methods used by some newspapers to get their stories. He reveals how private investigators, employed by journalists, have gained access to private medical records without consent.

As the inquiry intensifies into phone-hacking at The News of the World, the programme hears claims that underhand methods, to obtain confidential information about public and private figures, have been widespread in the newspaper industry.

The Information Commissioner describes the programme's evidence as alarming and calls for tougher sanctions, including imprisonment, for anyone breaching the Data Protection Act.

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