Now we can “see the forest and the trees too” but there are risks : Camera trapping and privacy law in Australia

Meek, Paul & Butler, Desmond A. (2014) Now we can “see the forest and the trees too” but there are risks : Camera trapping and privacy law in Australia. In Meek, Paul & Flemming, Peter (Eds.) Camera Trapping : Wildlife Management and Research. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC, pp. 332-346.

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The use of camera traps in wildlife management is an increasingly common practice. A phenomenon which is also becoming more common is for such camera traps to unintentionally film individuals engaged in a variety of activities, ranging from the innocent to the nefarious and including lewd or potentially embarrassing behaviour. It is therefore possible for the use of camera traps to accidentally encroach upon the privacy rights of persons who venture into the area of surveillance. In this chapter we describe the legal framework of privacy in Australia and discuss the potential risk of this sleeping tiger for users of camera traps. We also present the results of a survey of camera trap users to assess the frequency of such unintended captures and the nature of activity being filmed before discussing the practical implications of these laws for camera traps users in this country and make recommendations.

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ID Code: 82044
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1486300391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 CSIRO
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2015 05:07
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 01:34

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