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McDonald: Privacy Tort Can’t Do Everything

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

October 17, 2013

The Australian takes another look at the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into privacy law, highlighting comments by Prof. Barbara McDonald, the commissioner in charge of the inquiry. “The law cannot do everything--even if we have a statutory tort for invasion of privacy, it is not going to stop people invading privacy any more than a law against murder stops murder," she said. McDonald has been asked to produce a detailed design for a privacy tort but “is also examining alternatives to a privacy tort that could fill the gaps in privacy law without the need for the creation of a new method of litigating,” the report states. Meanwhile, The Age reports on the Australian Internet Governance Forum’s examination of the question of the ALRC’s consideration of whether Australia should introduce its own “right to be forgotten.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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