The Department of Parliamentary Services used CCTV cameras recently to retrace the steps of a suspected whistleblower in Parliament House, reports The Australian. The cameras were installed with strict limits to be used only for assisting security and prosecuting illegal activity. The suspected whistleblower delivered an envelope after hours to the office of Labor Sen. John Faulkner, who is calling the camera use a “massive, massive breach of proper process.” While the clerk of the senate agrees that the use likely violated Faulkner’s parliamentary privilege, Parliamentary Services Secretary Carol Mills says because the whistleblower was being investigated for suspected breaches of the public service code of conduct, the surveillance was justified. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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