Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
Award-winning UK-based website aiming to provide clear, data-driven presentation of climate change by publishing content from a range of sources, as well as regular newsletters summarising newspaper and online coverage. Made three complaints to PCC about inaccurate Daily Mail reporting on the “green” elements of energy bills.
Technology consultant and award-winning blogger on security issues. Gave evidence on his work writing for "Naked Security" blog for Sophos Ltd, a global computer security firm protecting businesses against spam and hacking.
Global risk and control management expert and Group Head of Information Risk Management at Barclays Bank at the time of the Inquiry.
Group Security & Fraud Director at Lloyds Banking Group at the time of the Inquiry. Called upon by Inquiry team to give information on "blagging". Following investigations, Shawcross told the Inquiry he believed there had been at least one "blagging" attempt and 57 illegitimate attempts at Lloyds to get information, sometimes with inducements offered. Since the attempts were unsuccessful, there was no evidence of who was responsible.
Founded 2004. American online social-media and networking-service company based in Menlo Park, California. Richard Beecroft Allan, Facebook's director of public policy for Europe at the time of the Inquiry, gave evidence and was questioned about policy concerning inter alia pornography, bullying, violence and hate speech, as well as on Facebook's policies on removal of posted comments.
Founded 1998. American multinational technology company that specialises in internet-related services and products, including online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. John Collins, vice-president of global communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, told the Inquiry self-regulation was important, but could be aided by a legal backstop. Google's legal director Daphne Keller also gave evidence and was asked about Max Mosley's privacy case against News of the World. She said he had done the right thing in approaching individual websites to have invasive material removed. Google had removed hundreds of links from search results but that didn't make such material "disappear".
British multinational banking and financial-services holding company. Andy Pickford, Head of Regional Fraud Risk Europe, answered questions from the Inquiry on whether senior staff at the bank had been "blagged" for information. He gave evidence that he was not aware of any breaches of confidentiality, or failures in standards of protection of customer data.