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ALRC Serious Invasions of Privacy Discussion Paper released

10th April 2014

In early October 2013, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released the Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era Issues Paper for public comment. The Terms of Reference for this inquiry ask the ALRC to consider a statutory cause of action to protect against serious invasions of privacy. 

Arts Law's submission in response to the Issues Paper addressed the need to protect freedom of artistic expression and warned against the establishment of a statutory cause of action for invasions of privacy which would impose unnecessary restriction on such expression.

After reviewing the public submissions, the ALRC released a Discussion Paper for the inquiry on 31 March 2014. You can find the ALRC Media Release here and the Discussion Paper here.

On 8 October 2013, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released the Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era Issues Paper for public comment.  The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry ask the ALRC to consider a statutory cause of action to protect against serious invasions of privacy and other innovative ways the law might prevent such invasions.  You can find the ALRC Media Release here and the Issues Paper here

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 advocate against legislative changes which are prejudicial to artists.  Arts Law is critical of proposals to establish a statutory cause of action for invasions of privacy which would impose a disproportionate and unnecessary restriction on artistic expression.

- See more at: https://www.artslaw.com.au/advocacy/entry/alrc-calls-for-input-into-serious-invasions-of-privacy-in-the-digital-era/#sthash.bP6ILDj5.dpuf

Arts Law is now preparing a submission in response to the Discussion Paper.  The closing date for submissions is Monday 12 May 2014.

For more information about Arts Law's previous submissions in relation to this issue see here.