Major changes to privacy law endorsed

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee has endorsed changes to privacy law that will have significant implications for most companies and federal agencies.

About Privacy

Striking a balance between privacy and freedom of expression is an issue fraught with difficulty. Arts Law is concerned to protect freedom of artistic expression in Australia and advocates against legislative changes which are prejudicial to artists. Arts Law is critical of the proposals to establish a statutory cause of action for invasion of privacy which would impose a disproportionate and unnecessary restriction on artistic freedom. Arts Law takes the position that concerns for privacy can be sufficiently addressed by existing property, defamation, child protection, trade practices and other laws. Arts Law advocates better education for artists on best practice protocols affecting privacy and believes this is an appropriate way to address privacy concerns.

A Commonwealth Statutory Cause of Action for Serious Invasion of Privacy

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Commonwealth Government’s Issues Paper, A Commonwealth Statutory Cause of Action for Serious Invasion of Privacy, (Issues Paper) released in response to the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).


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