Privacy Law: Options for Reform
Victorian Law Reform Commission, 2001
65 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2018
Date Written: January 2001
The aim of this Paper is to contribute to community debate on privacy law reform by providing information on existing privacy protection and highlighting gaps in the law. The focus of the research is on ensuring that privacy rights are adequately protected. After briefly exploring the meaning of the right to privacy and discussing the challenges which new technologies pose to privacy protection, this Paper examines five key dimensions of privacy which are recognised to some extent by the existing law. These laws affect: (i) bodily privacy, by preventing unauthorised intrusions into a person’s body, for example through DNA testing; (ii) territorial privacy, by preventing unauthorised intrusions into a person’s physical space, for example a home or business premises; (iii) information privacy, by preventing unauthorised access to information held by government or private sector organisations, for example mailing lists and information contained on public registers such as the electoral roll; (iv) communications privacy, by preventing unauthorised interception of private communications, for example telephone calls and emails; and (v) surveillance, by preventing unauthorised use of surveillance devices, for example video cameras in public and private places. This Paper also specifically examines privacy in the workplace.
Keywords: Privacy Law, Workplace Privacy
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