Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications - Home Affairs Committee Contents

Correspondence from DS Kevin Southworth to the Committee (COR8)

Further to our telephone conversation, I understand that representatives of the various mobile phone Service Providers have been invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Committee next week in relation to what they did following the launch of the Metropolitan Police Service's investigation which led to the conviction of Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire.

From a very early stage, the investigation team were in close contact with, and had co-operation from, all the main Service Providers. Some were able to provide us with greater technical assistance than others. Contact with the companies themselves was complemented throughout by the well established mechanisms of the Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum (MICAF) and its Chair. The Chair's role is recognised as the primary interface between the police and the mobile phone companies in relation to any crime matter.

On the 8 August 2006, following the arrest of Goodman and Mulcaire, the Chair of MICAF attended a meeting at New Scotland Yard at which the Deputy Senior Investigating Officer provided a briefing and next steps were discussed. An email sent on that date from the Chair to the various mobile phone companies is attached which highlights the partnership approach that was being taken.

In July 2009 and again in October 2010, the MPS contacted the relevant mobile phone Service Providers to gain further reassurance as to what steps the mobile phone companies took at the time of the original investigation. Please find attached also a copy of our latest letter dated October 2010 and copies of the responses provided by the three main Service Providers at each juncture.

10 June 2011

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