Will the Hackgate scandal finally usher in exemplary damages?
It is a mark of the media frenzy over privacy injunctions that the topic has continued to hog the headlines even while a related issue of arguably far more significance has played out: the dramatic escalation of the phone-hacking scandal. True, the issue has dogged News International for years but it was only last month that the company issued an apology and moved to compensate victims – a measure that came a week after two senior News of the World (NoW) journalists were arrested on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages.
A raft of high-profile celebrity test cases could lead to stronger penalties for media
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