Personal safety and right to privacy are both being perpetually threatened in our technology fluid world. Every day, new and more advanced gadgets enter the market. Every manifestation of technology has two sides. The one that can aid positive transition and the other, the more lasting one, is the abuse of it. Queensland’s laws have been found to be deficit in protecting people from technology supplanting breach of their privacy. The case of surveillance cameras.
These cameras have become essential for security purposes around the world. But alarming reports of their misuse have been plaguing the world since their inception. The legislature around this does not protect an individual as it ought to and therefore has been placed under review.
There have been increasing criminal incidents where people have placed security cameras in and around their homes given as rentals. Bathrooms and bedrooms too have been installed with them. Due to rising safety concern people installed them for external use, but they have supported some thefts and criminal activities after people started installing them inside their homes too. The monitoring device has also become a voyeuristic tool for many. Several cases of this nature were reported in the state. And a lot of them have been from Sunshine Coast alone.
The installation and use of CCTV is measured under state laws, the laws do not permit capturing videos of people without their consensus in deemed private places like bathrooms, changing rooms and bedrooms. But these laws also clash and overlap with those allowing people their use in their homes for the reason of safety.
The laws are under review by the Queensland Law Reform Commission, who will balance the need for personal privacy against legitimate surveillance uses. Meanwhile you can set your mobile phone camera on night vision and survey the room through it, a hidden camera can be spotted as it will emanate a glow.