Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Privacy was not as much of a concern before the technological age: which could be partially because anyone can access information at the click of a button and because most people have a mistrust of technology. This could be reflected by the Common law position in Australia (see Victoria Park Racing v Taylor, and ABC v Lenah Game Meats) although there was some recognition that privacy issues may be relevant. The National Privacy Principles (for the private sector) and Information Privacy Principles (public sector) and Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), change this position. In the National Privacy Principles, there is a requirement that organisations are open about the way in which they use information, which appears to be mirrored in the California Law. However, with the introduction of social networking sites, it seems apparent that in some ways, internet users are becoming less concerned with privacy. Facebook, for examples, used to allow users to post their mobile number, street address, personal photo collections etc, and have been accused of selling user information for advertising (which is probably where users should have reason for concern as to what is happening with their personal information).