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78249 Privacy and Surveillance: Law and Policy

Requisite(s): ( 78203 Communications and Intellectual Property Law Overview OR 78100c Postgraduate Legal Research OR ((102 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 102 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration)))
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Anti-requisite(s): 76089 Privacy and Surveillance Law AND 78248 Privacy and Surveillance: Law and Policy


Privacy and surveillance regulation features prominently in contemporary public debate in Australia. It is controversial, dynamic and challenging. This subject explores key legal and policy issues arising in this space. Specifically, it investigates various dimensions of privacy including invasion of personal privacy, data protection and retention, and surveillance of personal conversations, activities and locations. It also tackles emerging issues and challenges prompted by the advent of new technologies, including online privacy protection, anonymity/pseudonymity and the right to be forgotten. This necessitates travelling through disrupted legal terrain, formed by a complex mix of common law and statute as well as federal and state/territory laws. It also calls for students to engage with a range of relevant perspectives, views and interests. Understanding of key issues is further deepened by interrogating the wider contexts in which privacy and surveillance law and policy operate and are informed, including theoretical, constitutional, ethical and international contexts. The subject also exposes students to a myriad of ethical dilemmas associated with privacy and surveillance, and enhances their capacity to develop strategies to address such issues.

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