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Government To Consider Privacy Statute

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 21, 2011

Privacy Minister Brendan O'Connor has announced the government is considering a statutory right for people to sue for ''serious invasions" of their privacy and has called for the public's input on a right to privacy. While the government has said it will not regulate media ethics, many--including former Prime Minister Paul Keating--have been urging the implementation of the Australian Law Reform Commission's recommendations for federal legislation allowing individuals to seek damages when their privacy is violated. The Australian reports, however, that major media organizations are opposing today's announcement of the government's "plan to enshrine a right to privacy in Australian law."
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