Australia To Mull Creating Privacy Tort Amid Spying Concerns

Law360, New York (June 12, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT) -- Australia's attorney general on Wednesday pushed the federal law review board to mull whether citizens should be allowed to bring civil actions over alleged privacy invasions, citing concerns raised by the recent revelation of secret phone and Internet surveillance programs run by the U.S. government.

Pointing to evolving conceptions about personal privacy in the face of new technology that makes data collection and surveillance easier, Attorney General Mark Dreyfus asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct an inquiry into the protection of privacy in the...
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