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Wakeham blames HR Act for privacy 'shambles'

Wakeham says amendments to the Human Rights Act are necessary for the PCC to reclaim control over pr

Former chairman of the Press Complaints Commission Lord Wakeham has blamed the Human Rights Act for the current "shambles" on privacy - and claimed it should be amended to allow the PCC to "reassert its primacy".

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, Lord Wakeham claimed to have predicted the current "intolerable state of affairs" when the Human Rights Act made its way through Parliament in the late 1990s.

Wakeham, who chaired the Press Complaints Commission from 1995 to 2001, said it was clear to him that "because Parliament was relinquishing control of the issue, the resulting law would inevitably go further than we wished".

Read more at the Press Gazette.