Privacy law review

March 26, 2009 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

By Tim Marshall

I hear in an interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio that PRINZ’s friend John Burrows (formerly PRINZ’s Ethics Panel chair) is leading the Law Commission’s review of privacy laws.

Privacy rights are an issue for PR practitioners, particularly those who work with celebrities including stars of the sports, music and acting worlds and high profile politicians. Privacy laws are also relevant to media advisers of people who are thrust into the media spotlight like British couple Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of Madeleine who went missing in Portugal.

A big chunk of PRINZ’s Code of Ethics is concerned with balancing the privacy rights of individuals and organisations with the public’s right to information and a commitment to open communication.

In his radio interview John Burrows says “galloping technology” such as the increasingly widespread use of surveillance devices like closed circuit television has highlighted anomalies in the law. And a news release on the privacy law review asks: Should the media be subject to any greater or lesser legal restrictions concerning privacy intrusions than any other members of the public?

John Burrows is calling for as many high quality submissions as possible for the privacy law review. Submissions close on 29 May 2009. So if your experience is that privacy law is an ass, or just a bit behind, now is your chance to influence change!

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