The Northern Territory government is expanding the CCTV surveillance network.
Darwin is one of the aspiring ‘smart cities’ that is adopting Chinese technology that can identify and track individuals. Add changes in Australian law, and we have the makings of a surveillance state.
Anyone can buy a hidden camera but the laws surrounding their use are much more complicated.
Some family members of aged care residents have resorted to hidden cameras to detect abuse and protect loved ones. But it’s legally murky and erodes the privacy of the resident, staff and visitors.
Advertisers may track a customer’s shopping preferences within a shopping centre by using ultrasonic beacons emitted from their mobile phones.
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Inaudible sounds are being used to transmit data from our devices. While not new technology, these ultrasonic beacons may be in breach of laws regarding surveillance devices.
The UK government has blurred the line by failing to adequately safeguard human rights with its investigatory powers law.
The government’s Snoopers’ Charter didn’t permit blanket indiscriminate data retention, the Court of Appeal recently ruled. I strongly disagree.
The Snooper’s Charter has cleared parliament, but there might still be a way to stop the government collecting all our internet histories.
Disturbing images such as this from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre have shocked the nation and prompted a royal commission.
The use of surveillance cameras raises difficult issues for the law in balancing privacy with exposure that is in the public interest – and perhaps it’s time that balance was reviewed.