Unauthorised photographs on the internet and ancillary privacy issues

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

At a meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) in August 2003, Ministers agreed that all State and Territory officers would work in consultation to develop options for reform to address the issue of unauthorised publication of photographs being made available on websites, including ancillary privacy issues associated with the practice.

A working party of State and Territory officers was established to examine possible options for reform. The working party was led by Victoria and consists of representatives from each jurisdiction.

At the SCAG meeting on 28–29 July 2005, the State and Territory Attorneys-General agreed to release a Discussion Paper, Unauthorised Photographs on the Internet and Ancillary Privacy Issues.

The discussion paper sought to:

  • identify the issues, including privacy issues, associated with unauthorised publication of photographs on the Internet
  • discuss the adequacy of existing State and Territory laws in their application to these issues
  • identify legislative and non-legislative options to address these issues.

Submissions closed on 14 October 2005.