Professor Barbara McDonald from the Sydney Law School, who is heading the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era, is to expand on her concerns and outline how other countries have met the privacy challenges posed by the digital age at a lecture tonight at the University of Sydney.
“How can the law be one step ahead of emerging technology?” said Professor McDonald.
“Australian law is lagging considerably behind other countries with which we share a common legal heritage and those that come under European Union law. Our common law does not provide an action for deliberate invasions of privacy. Legislation across the country is best described as a patchwork.”
“At the individual level, there are concerns about things such as inappropriate use of social media for ‘revenge porn’, bullying and harassment, or simply surveillance by neighbours.
“At the same time, the law must protect freedom of speech and the many other valuable public interests which often collide with an individual’s privacy.”
In tonight’s Distinguished Speakers’ Program lecture, Professor McDonald will also announce the proposals in a new ALRC Discussion Paper. The ALRC will provide a final report to the Attorney-General in June.
The lecture, Private Lives, Public Spheres, will be held:
Tonight, Thursday, 27 MARCH
6.00 – 7.00pm
Faculty Common Room, Lv 4,
New Law School Building, Eastern Ave,
University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)
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