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Law Commission paper on privacy

By Steven | March 9, 2009

The Law Commission has released yet another paper on privacy. “These are big issues and they are hard,” says Commission president Sir Geoffrey Palmer. 300 pages big and hard, in fact, building on 2008’s 222-page paper “Privacy: concepts and issues” (discussed here), 2007’s 76-page “A conceptual approach to privacy” by Mark Hickford, and that’s not counting the Commission’s ongoing work on the Privacy Act and public registers. It seems the issues are getting bigger and harder by the year. Methinks the Commission better hurry up and resolve these issues before they become so big and hard that they are intractable.

Here are the key issues, according to the Commission’s press release:

The Commission is seeking feedback by 29 May.

Topics: Privacy tort | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Law Commission paper on privacy”

  1. Graeme Edgeler Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Should there be a tort of intrusion into a person’s seclusion? If so, should its development be left to the common law or should it be introduced by statute?

    An odd question … what if the conclusion is that there emphatically should be a tort of intrusion into a person’s seclusion, but that its development should be left to the common law … and then a court decides there shouldn’t be one?


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