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Commission Worries About Mobile Devices "Threat"

SURVEILLANCE—VICTORIA

August 13, 2010

The Law Reform Commission has released a report detailing concerns about the proliferation of surveillance devices with recommendations including new laws to control the use of mobile phones in restrooms and to film assaults "for entertainment." A report published in the Brisbane Times lists the commission's concerns about devices that capture "the public's every move," which has prompted 33 recommendations to improve legal protections for privacy. The commission's recommendations include broadening the role of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner to include regulation of surveillance in public places and giving people the right to sue for ''serious invasion of privacy'' through the publication of surveillance footage. According to Deputy Privacy Commissioner Anthony Bendall, ''the time has come to reform the regulatory framework governing surveillance in public places in Victoria.''
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