Review of civil surveillance and privacy laws

February 11, 2020 - 10:06am

The Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) is expected to report to the Attorney-General in late February on its review into modernising Queensland’s laws relating to civil surveillance and the protection of privacy in the context of current and emerging technologies.

The OIC welcomed the opportunity in 2019 to make a submission in response to the QLRC’s consultation paper.

The OIC provided in-principle agreement that a new legislative framework was necessary to protect the privacy of individuals in the context of the use of civil and surveillance devices and technology, considering the gaps, inconsistencies and uncertainties in the current legal framework in Queensland.

OIC’s submission also provided in-principle agreement that the legislation should be sufficiently broad in its scope to regulate existing and emerging surveillance technologies, and should aim for reasonable consistency with other Australian jurisdictions.

An amendment to the terms of reference noted the QLRC will provide a report to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Leader of the House by 28 February 2020. As part of the review, the QLRC has been asked to prepare draft legislation based on its recommendations.