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Because of this calculation. I mean, this calculation that they make. If in fact in extreme circumstances a newspaper is obtaining confidential information by unlawful means such as phone hacking, deciding cynically not to notify, therefore taking the opportunity to stop it away from the victim, and if they're making a calculation that, well, we're going to make £50,000 out of that headline anyway, then if they make that calculation and they intrude permanently into someone's privacy, which can't really be remedied, then they should pay for that. They make the cynical, unlawful calculation, they should pay.

In fact, it's not just me, in fact the suggestion to this, or the -- it was reminded me by Jack Straw in his speech I've exhibited, but he suggested, when he was talking about the origin of the Human Rights Act, that if newspapers choose not to notify, and it's not in the public interest, then that should trigger an availability for exemplaries. It may well be that one can formulate a condition for exemplaries. If the means of acquisition is unlawful and they choose not to notify and there is no public interest, then exemplaries ought to be available and that may deter newspapers from taking these steps.

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