Surveillance in Public Places
Tabled in Parliament Date:
Public surveillance has become extensive enough to affect nearly all Victorians, but existing laws were not designed with high technology surveillance in mind. The second part of a two-stage reference on privacy (the first, covering workplace privacy, was tabled in 2005), this review of the laws of public surveillance took account of the rapid improvement and ubiquity of surveillance devices, the importance of privacy for individuals, and the need of users of surveillance devices to protect their property.
After initial research, the Commission published a consultation paper, which outlined the central issues and asked for submissions. The forty-four submissions augmented information and advice from five community forums and an expert consultative committee. The Commission also visited major users of surveillance devices.
The final report, tabled in Parliament on 12 August 2010, contained 33 recommendations for reforming the law to ensure the interests of surveillance users can be balanced with the privacy, autonomy and dignity of the public.
- Terms of reference received
- Submissions and consultations
- Submissions closed
- Final Report
- Tabled in parliament