Breach of privacy

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The Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Brendan O’Connor, has foreshadowed release of a discussion paper regarding establishment of a statutory tort of breach of privacy. The tort has been proposed in successive Australian and state law reform and parliamentary committee reports, in particular the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2008 For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice report, the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s 2010 Surveillance in Public Places final report and the NSW Law Reform Commission’s 2009 Invasion of Privacy report. The proposal for establishment of a statutory cause of action appears to be reactive, reflecting publicity in the UK and US over privacy breaches by major media organisations. It is independent of current parliamentary consideration of major amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth); those amendments do not feature a tort.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-1
Number of pages1
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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