The list was assembled following the Operation Motorman raid at premises in Hampshire which led to prosecutions of private investigators. In that operation, the Information Commissioner’s staff uncovered numerous invoices addressed to newspapers and magazines detailing prices for providing their journalists with pieces of personal information. Altogether, 305 journalists were identified as recipients of a wide range of information.
32. - (1) Personal data which are processed only for the special purposes are exempt from any provision to which this subsection relates if-
(a) the processing is undertaken with a view to the publication by any person of any journalistic, literary or artistic material,
(b) the data controller reasonably believes that, having regard in particular to the special importance of the public interest in freedom of expression, publication would be in the public interest, and
(c) the data controller reasonably believes that, in all the circumstances, compliance with that provision is incompatible with the special purposes.