checks and balances

checks and balances

Privacy and the law - panel discussion 17 May 2016

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‘Lawfulness’ is routinely referred to by state agencies as the benchmark for appropriate surveillance. But how might the law, intended as a safeguard, actually be used to undermine a democratic system of checks and balances? This panel explores how laws protect the privacy of Australians against mass surveillance. Is Australia’s Privacy Act a meaningful safeguard? What difference does a bill of rights make for protecting against surveillance related harms? How does Australia compare with countries that have a bill of rights, such as Canada or the US? Speakers: Christopher Parsons - Citizen Lab, University of Toronto Chris Berg - Digital Rights Watch Darren Palmer - Deakin Criminology Katie Miller - Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office Presented by Deakin Criminology and Digital Rights Watch