Does Australia and Australian Citizens really value their privacy?
Privacy is something that a person should be allowed every day of their life. Yet, does a person really value privacy? In my opinion, with the influx of social media, the notion of privacy is thrown out the window as most people who use apps such as Facebook or Instagram are putting their lives out for their ‘friends’ to see. Why is ‘friends’ in quotation marks? Well, that’s because most people’s friends list span up to 1000 people. And does anybody have 1000 friends? Well no and by saying all of this I AM A HYPOCRITE.
When comparing Australian Privacy Laws to US laws and UK laws, our legislation in regards to privacy and therefore security is weak. Thanks to a report by The Conversation, the ‘weak’ laws regarding privacy are analysed.
As a user who has been breached of the privacy act you are unable to sue. This means that users are unable to benefit from an intrusion of privacy.
More evidence to show that privacy laws are weak in Australia are that there are poor policing of consent agreements. This means that when you register for Facebook and have to accept the ‘terms of agreement’, there a lot more little details that are involved.
In 2018, a statutory was put to debate in the government yet lost, conveying what privacy really means to the government.