28 Aug 2012

The Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional & Legal Affairs is inquiring into the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, which will amend the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) to implement the Australian Government's first stage response to the Australian Law Reform Commission report For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice.

VGSO Principal Solicitor Katie Miller, in her capacity as a LIV councillor and member, gave evidence on behalf of the LIV to the Committee's inquiry on 10 August 2012.  Katie's evidence followed the LIV earlier making a submission in response to an exposure draft of the bill; Katie was a principal contributor to the LIV's submission.  Katie has previously provided evidence to the Senate Environment and Communications Reference Committee in relation to online privacy.

Privacy is an issue that continues to affect individuals, private organisations and government in all aspects of our lives.  Issues of concern include:

  • The need to harmonise and simplify privacy laws;
  • Ensuring privacy laws are technology neutral;
  • Regulating the privacy of information in a global economy by protecting information disclosed to overseas persons and bodies;
  • Clarifying the concept of 'consent' in a privacy context; and
  • The broad powers of entities to collect information about individuals.

Katie is one of a team of lawyers at VGSO who have expertise in the area of privacy law and information control.