Monday, 11 August 2008

Overhaul of privacy laws recommended

A report on the nation's privacy laws recommends federal legislation for serious invasion of privacy, where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Some media organisations had opposed such a move, arguing it would hinder investigative journalism and infringe freedom of expression.

The report, launched today by the Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland, also recommends national consistency, stronger penalties for breaches of the legislation and a simplification of privacy laws and regulations.

The Special Minister of State, John Faulkner, says the Federal Government will consider the recommendations in two stages, and expects to legislate on the first stage within 12 to 18 months.


Australia: Concerns of a police state
Cameron Murphy NSW Council for Civil Liberties...a massive reduction in police accountability to the community. NSW police now have special emergency powers to bug or track people for up to four days without a warrant. Under the biggest shake-up to the state's surveillance laws, police will have up to four days to monitor people before needing to apply retrospectively for an emergency warrant from a Supreme Court judge.

Planned ASIO surveillance laws under fire
A Senate Inquiry has been told proposed amendments to electronic surveillance laws will allow ASIO and police to further intrude on people's privacy. The inquiry sitting in Sydney today is looking at proposed changes to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Bill.

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