No such thing as privacy: top Australian judge
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 22/08/2008 05:31
People's willingness to talk loudly on mobile phones and reveal personal information about themselves online indicates that the privacy laws may require a rethink, says the country's top judge, Murray Gleeson.
In his final public address as Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice Gleeson said yesterday that he had begun to change his view that "certain things ... were self-evidently private".
"The ground seems to me to be shifting," he said.
"I used to think that having a telephone conversation was normally private. But you can't walk down the street without hearing a number of telephone conversations, some of them with people speaking loudly because of the noise of the surrounding traffic ...
"When you look at the kind of information that people publish about themselves, it makes you wonder." Justice Gleeson said.