On 3 September the Australian Law Reform Commission's Final Report, Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era was tabled in Parliament.
In this Report, the ALRC provides the detailed legal design of a tort to deal with serious invasions of privacy located in a new Commonwealth Act and makes sixteen other recommendations that would strengthen people’s privacy in the digital environment.
The Report also recommends that a new Commonwealth surveillance law be enacted to replace existing state and territory laws, to ensure consistency of surveillance laws throughout Australia, and a number of other reforms to supplement the statutory cause of action.
The ALRC recommends that, if the Commonwealth enacts surveillance legislation, consideration be given to integrating surveillance device laws with the related restrictions on telecommunications surveillance under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth).
The media release can be found here.