Govt rushing through laws while not protecting privacy

LAW Institute of Victoria president Katie Miller says the government is rushing data retention laws while ignoring efforts to protect privacy in a digital age.

Ms Miller said parliament had paid little attention to a 2007 Australian Law Reform Commission push to create a statutory cause of action for breach of privacy.

"This is in sad contrast to the way parliament has extended legislation that extends rights to intrude on our privacy. When it comes to privacy intrusions, governments show unseemly haste in passing authorising legislation," she said.

The data retention bill was introduced at the end of October 2014 and given three months of debate before becoming law.

"This is maddeningly frustrating, given that the Attorney-General's department had been developing the policy since as early as 2010," Ms Miller said.

"The question for me isn't how do we protect privacy, but why isn't our parliament protecting our privacy?"



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