University of Technology Sydney

76089 Privacy and Surveillance Law

Requisite(s): 70616 Australian Constitutional Law
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 78248 Privacy and Surveillance: Law and Policy AND 78249 Privacy and Surveillance: Law and Policy


Issues concerning privacy and surveillance are attracting increasing attention in contemporary public debate, fuelled by the emergence of new technologies. These issues are multifaceted, controversial and challenging.

This subject explores key legal questions relating to the invasion of personal privacy, data protection and retention, and the surveillance of personal conversations, activities and location. It also tackles emerging issues and challenges prompted by new technologies, including online privacy protection and the right to be forgotten. This necessitates travelling through disrupted legal terrain, formed by a complex mix of common law and statute, federal as well as state/territory laws. Students also engage with a range of perspectives, ideas and interests, and deepen their understanding of key privacy and surveillance law issues by interrogating the wider theoretical, constitutional, policy and international contexts.

Students develop communication skills as they construct and communicate coherent and reasoned views and arguments to support their critical evaluation of privacy and surveillance law, and its operation, as well as articulate informed recommendations for reform.

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