The suggestions

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, 12:00am

The Law Reform Commission recommended in:

December 2004

A new law enabling victims of 'peeping toms', eavesdroppers and paparazzi who search through rubbish bins of celebrities to sue for 'seriously offensive or objectionable' intrusion.

A law enabling people to sue those who knowingly give 'offensive publicity' to a matter concerning an individual's private life.

An independent statutory press commission be created with the power to name and shame print media that unjustifiably invade people's privacy. Commission members should include media professionals, an academic, a retired judge and a victim of press intrusion. The commission would have the power to demand publication of corrections and seek court orders requiring publishers to take action on a complaint. The commission can grant legal assistance to victims of seriously offensive intrusions.

March 2006:

Making it a crime to infringe on privacy by trespassing on private property, i.e. places used for 'residential or sleeping purposes', either temporary or permanent.

Making it a crime to use snooping devices inside or outside private premises to get personal information where the individuals concerned had a reasonable expectation of privacy. But if curtains were open even in private premises, the subject would not be considered to have a 'reasonable expectation of privacy'.

Surveillance would also be legal if its purpose was to prevent or detect a serious offence.