The IPCC is investigating allegations that the Metropolitan Police’s National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit (NDEDIU) obtained access to email accounts of journalists and environmental activists through hackers based in India.
The investigation follows the receipt of an anonymous letter alleging that officers from the NDEDIU obtained the services of computer hackers via counterparts in India.
The hackers are alleged to have illegally accessed the email accounts of named individuals who were members of political and environmental pressure groups. Further allegations include the accessing of emails belonging to journalists.
The IPCC would like to make contact with the author of the letter, believed to be a serving or retired officer, or any other current or former police officers or staff members with information about these allegations. They can do so using the confidential IPCC Report Line email address or telephone number: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) or 08458 770 061.
The IPCC’s investigation is looking at whether officers from NDEDIU contacted Indian counterparts and if the services of computer hackers in India were obtained to access email accounts. It will also examine if any officers within NDEDIU used any information gained from this contact if it took place.
IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green said:
“These are clearly serious allegations and the IPCC is conducting a comprehensive investigation into the matters raised. This will be a complex investigation given the potential involvement of foreign participants.
“We would like to hear from the officer who brought these allegations to light or any other officers or police staff who may be able to provide information of use to the IPCC investigation.”
The IPCC already has two related and ongoing investigations into allegations of document shredding relating to undercover policing.