Category Archive for: ‘Privacy’

The rise of the citizen journalist and the online blogger

Digital technologies and social networking websites have radically altered the nature of news reporting. In particular, news reporting has succumbed to modern society’s need for immediacy. The Internet has given rise to the “citizen journalist”, who is able to upload one-off breaking news items when arriving first upon the scene of an event. Whilst the increased access to newsworthy items …

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Federal Court analyses part of the National Privacy Principles

On 27 March 2014 the Federal Court of Australia decided a case in which it was necessary to form a view of the meaning of one of the National Privacy Principles. Since the National Privacy Principles came into force in December 2001 there have only been two cases in the Federal Court of Australia to consider the substance of the …

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The ALRC releases Discussion Paper on “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era”

As we foreshadowed last month, the Australian Law Reform Commission has recently released Discussion Paper 80, on “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era”. The terms of reference for the discussion paper were to investigate the ways in which law can protect the privacy interests of the public, and in particular, come up with detailed mechanics for a new …

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The ALRC conducts Inquiry into “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era”

The average internet user will click “I agree” to countless Privacy Policies (or 1,462 in a year, if you believe this research) without a second thought. Yet, as we forge further into the ever evolving digital age, more and more personal data is being shared by an increasing number of internet users (Facebook counted 1.23 billion users last month), without …

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OAIC releases privacy ‘better practice guide’ for mobile app developers

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been busy of late.  As well as releasing the second stage of its Draft Australian Privacy Principles Guidelines for consultation in late September, it recently sent an open letter to Facebook, which we posted about here. However, it’s not very often that we see regulators encouraging the use of graphics, colour and …

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Australian Privacy Commissioner weighs in on proposed changes to Facebook terms

Previously, we posted about Facebook’s changes to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), as a result of a $20 million class action settlement. Recently, Timothy Pilgrim, the Australian Privacy Commissioner has submitted an open letter to Facebook on behalf of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).  This letter can be found online here. …

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Professor Graeme Austin on Privacy & Copyright

Professor Austin’s  main argument was that privacy should be protected for the same or similar reasons which underpin the protection extended to copyright.

Without giving too much of the presentation away, Professor Austin made a number of interesting points:

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“The Prince and the Paparazzi” – William vows to protect Kate Middleton’s privacy

When Mary Donaldson married Prince Frederik in Copenhagen in 2004, her fairytale story propelled her to instant celebrity status.  Subsequent return visits by Princess Mary to Tasmania raised issues of what laws could protect the privacy of the Royal couple and their children.  Now, with another royal wedding planned for 29 April 2011 in London between Prince William and Kate Middleton, the question arises of what protections the soon-to-be Princess will have to her privacy when she visits her Australian relatives.

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