UK Telecoms Admit They Did Not Notify Hacking Victims

Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile have apparently admitted that they have not contacted victims of the News of the World phone hacking case according to a report carried by the BBC.

The case started with a hacking episode perpetrated by employees at News of the World, a leading British tabloid, in collusion with certain corrupt police officers who provided the journalists with confidential phone numbers and email passwords of several people including famous celebrities.

The telecom firms have said that they did not contact the victims because of the ongoing inquiry and they also said that they have not received guidance from the police even though they requested it.

The hacking scandal first came to light with the arrest of Clive Goodman, the royal editor at News of the World in August 2006, because of accusations of hacking made by the British monarchy. In the years following that incident several reports emerged which revealed the extent of hacking which now is believed to have affected several public figures including former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott and several other MPs.

"We worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and, as in all cases, so as not to jeopardise the police inquiry, we did not contact our customers directly,” said Julie Steele, the BBC reports.