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'Illegal' newspaper payments

An exclusive investigation by ITV News has discovered the true scale of payments made by many of Britain’s best selling newspapers for potentially illegal personal information.

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What the newspapers paid for potentially illegal information

ITV News has calculated that the Daily Mail paid Steve Whittamore £143,159 for potentially illegal information and made 1,728 requests.

According to what we've seen in the books the next biggest spenders were the Daily Mirror who spent more than £92,000 on potentially illegal information and made 984 requests.

Close behind the Mirror is their stable-mate the People, spending more than £76 000, requesting 1,016 potentially illegal searches.

A full break-down of what each national newspaper paid Whittamore for data can be found here.

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