The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Well, I thought the most important thing to do at that stage was to ensure -- I mean, what had happened in the past had happened, and you talk about illegal enquiries, but there is a public interest defence under the Data Protection Act, and I would very much hope that had Whittamore made illegal -- possibly illegal enquiries on our behalf, that there would be a public interest defence. But I was concerned that it had become apparent we were dealing with somebody who was acting in ways of which we were not completely aware, that this was a situation which put our staff at risk and that we needed to take steps to stop that situation as soon as possible.

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