Using private detectives has been highly controversial since investigator Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for phone hacking at the News of the World.
The BBC has, however, paid an American detective agency several thousands of pounds — to snoop on its own staff.
The corporation gave Kroll and ‘a number of other third parties’ a total of £227,292 for investigations carried out after the Jimmy Savile scandal.
It describes their activities as providing ‘technical support to assist in extracting archived emails’. That’s spying on staff emails to you and me.
But a BBC spokesman says: ‘Work was undertaken to search specific archive emails for the Pollard Review with the prior knowledge of staff concerned. It would be ludicrous to suggest their emails were secretly monitored.’
Source: Daily Mail