Beatles icon calls for privacy laws

Sir Paul McCartney has called for greater privacy laws after learning that his phone may have been hacked.

It has been one of the year's defining stories. The hacking scandal at News International dragged down one of the country's oldest news outlets, affecting the great and the good, the attention hungry and the deeply private.

Paul McCartney was dragged into the scandal this summer, when ex-wife Heather Mills went public with allegations that her phone had been hacked by The Mirror. Claiming that news reports were based on private conversations, the allegations were denied by former Mirror editor turned Stateside media personality Piers Morgan.

Speaking to The Times (via The Guardian), the Beatles icon revealed that the row had led to him taking measures to protect his privacy. "I tend not to say much on the phone now. If I leave a message, it's benign" he said. "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."

Continuing, Paul McCartney explained that he realised his phone had been hacked once private details emerged in the public domain. At one point, the songwriter began to leave messages for reporters he believed were intruding into his private life.

"So I used to talk on the phone and say: 'If you're taking this down get a life.' It's a pity not to be able to talk freely on a private call."

Paul McCartney is currently looking forward to bringing his latest tour to the UK. 'On The Run' has been visiting cities across Europe, with the former Beatle on typically exuberant mood ahead of his British return.

“Playing live is one of the most exciting parts of my job. I'm really looking forward to the next run of shows and to playing places that I have never played before with my band."

Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed the following UK shows:

5 London O2 Arena
19 Manchester MEN Arena
20 Liverpool Echo Arena

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