Saturday, September 06, 2014

Australian Law Reform Commission Report into Serious Invasions of Privacy

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released a report on Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era .

The report proposes a new tort remedy for invasions of privacy that are serious, committed intentionally or recklessly and that cannot be justified as being in the public interest — for example, posting sexually explicit photos of someone on the internet without their permission or making public someone’s medical records.

The document also recommends a range of defences to protect free speech: these would include lawful authority, necessity (to protect life, for example), consent, absolute privilege (such as reporting court or parliamentary proceedings), the publication of public documents, etc.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 4:10 pm


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