Technology: Legal Issues in Australia

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Advances in technology has brought many benefits but also problems. The use of new technology creates moral and ethical problems and conflicting attitudes in society. The complexity of the issues and the pace with which technology changes mean that legislators have difficulty making laws that can keep in control of these changes.
Technology affects all areas of society, forcing changes in a range of laws. Advances in computer technology have resulted in a new brand of cyber crimes such as computer fraud, computer hacking, email spam, pornography (especially when it relates to children) and stalking online. But it doesn’t just limit itself to computer related crimes. The new wave of digital recording devices create issues with privacy and
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It was claimed that if left unchecked, spam could cripple the use of email and increase internet costs. However this Act is controversial because it is claimed that most spam comes from America and this act doesn’t cover that. Also, the act exempts a fair few organisations so the effectiveness of it is questioned.
As mentioned earlier, laws relating to technology don’t just apply to computers. Video surveillance is everywhere these days: in shops, streets, public transport and taxis. Mobile phones have digital cameras as standard these days and most have video and voice recording too. Other uses of technology such as the monitoring of email usage and phone usage also apply. These uses of technology have improved personal safety, acted as a deterrent to theft and increased worker productivity (through email monitoring). However these also make it easy to overstep the line and invade the privacy of individuals. This is especially true with camera mobile phones. These have made it easy for people to take photos of others in public without their permission. These pictures may be used on websites or exchanged without the person knowing. This wouldn’t be too bad, but unfortunately these photos are usually of a lewd nature. This is why camera phones have been banned in some gym and swimming change rooms. We all remember the fiasco of the upskirting at the Australian Open a few years ago. Perhaps we could take a lead from the South Koreans.

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