Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Right now there is no general right to privacy in Australia, and that means there's no certainty for anyone wanting to sue for invasion of privacy"

Australia will consider beefing up its privacy laws in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch's media empire, the government has said.
The proposed changes would give Australians the right to sue over serious breaches of privacy, something that is not guaranteed under current laws, said privacy minister Brendan O'Connor.

"Right now there is no general right to privacy in Australia, and that means there's no certainty for anyone wanting to sue for an invasion of their privacy," Mr O'Connor said

"The News of the World scandal and other recent mass breaches of privacy, both at home and abroad, have put the spotlight on whether there should be such a right."

The move comes amid growing public fury over allegations that staff at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid hacked mobile phones and bribed police for information on politicians, celebrities and crime victims. (more)