University of Sydney Law Prof. Barbara McDonald has been appointed to lead the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry Into Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era, The Drum reports. The ALRC inquiry will review privacy statutes, asses the “rapid growth in capabilities and use of information, surveillance and communication technologies” and examine the “desirability of consistency in laws affecting national and transnational data flows,” the report states. McDonald said, “There is clearly a community desire for legal protection of personal privacy, but any greater protection must coexist with other aspects of our society that we value highly: freedom of speech, freedom of the press in its modern forms, effective and proper governance, national security and the openness of social communication that the digital age has allowed.”
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