Have your say: Modernising Queensland’s laws on civil surveillance and the protection of privacy

| December 28, 2018

The Queensland Law Reform Commission is reviewing Queensland’s laws relating to civil surveillance and the protection of privacy in the context of current and emerging technologies, including to:

  • regulate the use of surveillance devices, (such as listening devices, optical surveillance devices, tracking devices and data surveillance devices) and the use of emerging surveillance device technologies (including ‘drones’ fitted with surveillance devices) to appropriately protect the privacy of individuals
  • regulate the communication or publication of information derived from surveillance devices
  • provide for offences relating to the unlawful use of surveillance devices and the unlawful communication or publication of information derived from a surveillance device
  • provide appropriate regulatory powers and enforcement mechanisms in relation to the use of surveillance devices
  • provide appropriate penalties and remedies
  • otherwise appropriately protect the privacy of individuals in relation to the use of surveillance devices.

How to have your say

The Commission has released a consultation paper (WP No 77) inviting written submissions in response to the questions raised in the paper.

Details on how to make a submission, and the Commission’s privacy and confidentiality statement, are set out at the front of the paper, which is available from the Commission’s ‘current reviews’ webpage:

Closing date

The closing date for submissions is 31 January 2019.

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