Two held by police investigating privacy breaches


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Two men have been arrested by police investigating alleged criminal privacy breaches.

A 58-year-old man was arrested in Surrey and a 61-year-old journalist was arrested in Kent this morning.

Both were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and Sections 1 and 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, police said.

Scotland Yard said the arrests brought to 16 the number of people arrested under Operation Tuleta, a Scotland Yard investigation into privacy breaches including the alleged hacking of computers and stolen mobile phones.

The operation is being run in tandem with two other investigations: Operation Weeting, which is looking at alleged phone hacking, and Operation Elveden, an inquiry into claims of corrupt payments to public officials.

Both men were arrested at their homes. Police said searches were being carried out at their addresses.

The 58-year-old will be interviewed at a south London police station and the 61-year-old will be interviewed at a police station in Kent.

A 30-year-old journalist was released on bail last month after being arrested under Operation Tuleta.

He was detained at his home in south-east London on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act and handling stolen goods. He was released on bail until December.