Paul McCartney Calls for Privacy Law After His Phone was Hacked
Paul McCartney is speaking out in favor of a privacy law to protect victims of such intrusions as the one he claims he suffered when his phone was hacked by British media members around the time of his divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills.
"I tend not to say much on the phone now. If I leave a message, it's benign," McCartney tells the U.K. newspaper The Guardian. "You edit yourself according to the new circumstances of the new world. I think it would be quite good to get some sort of laws."
McCartney, who recently married Nancy Shevell, says he knew that his phone had been hacked because confidential details from his private conversations would emerge in the press.
"So I used to talk on the phone and say: 'If you're taking this down, get a life,'" he says. "It's a pity not to be able to talk freely on a private call."
The former member of the Beatles is only one potential famous victim of telephone hacking that has involved British news media. Actors Sienna Miller and Hugh Grant are among the other high-profile celebrities that have also provided evidence for an investigation into press regulation and media standards related to eavesdropping.