Published on 8 October 2013.

Issue 2 | 8 October 2013.  View original format.

Issues Paper released!

We are happy to announce the release of the Issues Paper for this Inquiry, Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era (IP 43).

IP 43 is the first formal publication of this Inquiry, intended to help frame discussion and encourage public consultation at an early stage. The Issues Paper asks questions not just on issues relating to a stand-alone cause of action—to allow people to sue for a serious invasion of privacy—but also about alternative ways that existing laws could be supplemented or amended to provide appropriate protection for privacy in the digital era.

Community input is very important to us and we ask you to encourage other people in your networks to participate in the Inquiry, whether through the submission process or by taking part in the online discussion forum (see below).

The Issues Paper is available in HTML, PDF, and as an ebook.

Call for submissions

We invite individuals and organisations to contribute to the law reform process by making submissions in response to the Issues Paper.  It is helpful if comments address specific questions in the Issues Paper, however we also welcome feedback on background material and analysis, or other issues relevant to the Terms of Reference.

The closing date for submissions is Monday, 11 November 2013.

We prefer to receive submissions via the online form on the ALRC website, but also accept submissions by post and email. Please send any pre-prepared submissions in Word or RTF format.

Submissions will help inform the development of draft proposals for reform. These will be released in a Discussion Paper, for further comment, at the end of February 2014.

Online discussion forum

Alongside the submission process, the ALRC is hosting an online discussion forum to provide a less formal way for individuals to engage with the Inquiry. We invite people to share and discuss their opinions and ideas about some of the issues we are considering including:

  • What values and interests should be balanced against the protection of privacy?
  • What activities constitute a ‘serious’ invasion of privacy?

Visit the online discussion forum >>