Everybody Knows: Snowden’s NSA Leaks, Metadata and Privacy Implications For Australia
82 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2019
Date Written: January 15, 2013
In 1890, lawyers Warren and Brandeis, wrote an influential paper discussing the support within the common-law for a right to privacy. They considered the many similar protections already afforded by the torts of libel, slander and defamation and their homogenous support of a tort of privacy. They believed the press was overstepping the ‘bounds of proprietary and decency’, dealing in a prurient trade of gossip, stepping so low as to portray ‘details of sexual relations’.
Privacy has not attained the great heights which Warren and Brandeis envisaged — instead the media is hacking phones, corporations are collecting masses of metadata and governmental spy agencies have been accessing and retaining metadata and communications of ordinary citizens the world over.
Keywords: Metadata, Australia, Right to be let alone
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