BBC hires a detective agency to spy on staff

BBC hires a detective agency to spy on staff 

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

See Also: BBC admits to reading staff emails: Broadcaster says it monitored 81 accounts – many to find ‘moles’ leaking secret information

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