The Leveson Inquiry heard evidence from 474 people. Here are some of the key witnesses.
The most distressing press intrusion for the mother of Madeleine McCann was the publication of her private diaries. Taken originally by the Portuguese police they then appeared, to Kate's horror, in the News of the World.
The parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler explained how messages on their missing daughter's phone were listened to, leaving them convinced she was still alive.
Rebekah Brooks could have inflicted some major damage on the Prime Minister during the inquiry. But the former Chief Executive of News International chose instead to go for some minor humiliation, revealing how the Prime Minister used to sign off his texts with 'LOL', thinking it meant 'lots of love'.
Former tabloid Editor Piers Morgan remembered being played a recording of a voice message that Sir Paul McCartney left for his wife at the time Heather Mills. But he refused to give details about how he came to hear that message, forcing Lord Justice Leveson to intervene.
The voice message caused a bitter split between Heather Mills and Piers Morgan, a former friend of Mills and former Editor of the Daily Mirror. She said she never authorised him to access her voicemails.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling said she was driven out of one home by the constant presence of paparazzi. She described the occasion when she confronted the men taking pictures of her and her children, and how she "rather absurdly" gave chase.
Actress Sienna Miller came to the inquiry to tell of a different type of paparazzi, one that pursued her constantly and at close quarters and even spat at her to get a reaction. She told the inquiry "take away the cameras and you've got a pack of men chasing a woman".
Comedian, Steve Coogan, accused the press of using threats to pressurise women to talk about relationships with him. He said journalists would threaten to make the women look "tawdry and awful" unless they spoke.
In outspoken and often humorous evidence Hugh Grant said stories about his private life and that of other celebrities could not be justified. The actor said he never traded on his good name - because he's never had one.