Opinion article* published in the Newcastle Herald, written by University of Newcastle School of Design, Communication and Information Technology lecturer Paul Scott. 

How do you feel having your picture taken without your consent in a public space? If you are walking along the footpath and someone pulls out a camera and just snaps a frame, do you care?

There are various laws aimed at indecency, offensive behaviour, filming for sexual gratification, defamation and commercial use. Yet, for the most part, taking a picture of someone without consent in a public place is more of an ethical and moral issue than a legal one.

How do you feel about having your picture taken?

Does it depend on circumstances such as who wants to take the photo, where you are and what you are doing?

In March, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a discussion paper titled Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era. This was a follow-up to last year’s Issues Paper.

The papers raise myriad issues pertinent to privacy in the digital era. It notes that many disputes about invasions of privacy are between individuals.  

Read the full Newcastle Herald article

*This opinion piece represents the author’s views