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A barely adequate defence
I am always entertained by the number of contributors to online debates on privacy who assert that any public behaviour is automatically exempt from the protection of privacy - while maintaining their own anonymity.
As to the point of the article, it really is difficult to see what objection the press can legitimately have to prior notification. The Court would probably, in a majority of cases, find that the public interest test was satisfied - certainly the press ought to expect so. In those circumstances they will be able to publish not only the original story, but also presumably the fact that the notified party tried (and failed) to have the story suppressed through the Courts.
Purely from a commercial perspective, I cannot think that this would be anything other than a benefit to the sales of the story in question.
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