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Briefing Session 1: Techniques of access to personal data

This briefing was provided in closed session on 19 September 2011.  A copy of the restriction order under section 19 of the Inquiries Act 2005 made by Lord Justice Leveson can be seen below.  The briefing covered the technicalities of intercepting phone calls, voicemails and email, and other means of access to private information.  The session was commissioned to explain to the Inquiry the technicalities of phone hacking and other possible means of covert access to private information.  A disclosable summary of this teach-in, covering those matters which may properly enter the public domain, is available below.