University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series
Last Updated: 12 August 2012
Surveillance by the Australian Media, and Its Regulation
Roger Clarke, University of New South Wales
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The print and broadcast media make extensive use of surveillance in order to gather information for publication. It is vital to democracy that they do so. A proportion of the media's surveillance practices are, however, excessive and abusive of individuals' needs and reasonable expectations. An examination of Australian law shows that it provides almost no recourse against these excesses and abuses. Substantial change is necessary to create a regulatory environment in which balance is achieved.