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Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively.
When something is private to a person, it usually means that something is inherently special or sensitive to them. The domain of privacy partially overlaps with security, which can include the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity. The right not to be subjected to unsanctioned invasions of privacy by the government, corporations or individuals is part of many countries' privacy laws, and in some cases, constitutions.
In the business world, a person may volunteer personal details, including for advertising, in order to receive some sort of benefit. Public figures may be subject to rules on the public interest. Personal information which is voluntarily shared but subsequently stolen or misused can lead to identity theft.
The concept of universal individual privacy is a modern concept primarily associated with Western culture, British and North American in particular, and remained virtually unknown in some cultures until recent times. Most cultures, however, recognize the ability of individuals to withhold certain parts of their personal information from wider society, such as closing the door to one's home.

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    NSW Defendant's right to privacy during court proceedings and post-conviction?

    Hi, I was just wondering whether a defendant's personal information is made available to the press by the court when they are undergoing a trial or post-conviction? In particular, their family information (the name of their wife or children?) I've googled and can't find anything. It seems...
  2. philip_rhoades

    NSW Legal process prevented by Privacy Laws

    People, I want to submit an application to the local court for a Noise Abatement Order (under section 268 of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991) but I am prevented from doing so because I don't know the respondent's last name. Neither the Real Estate Agent, the Strata...
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    WA Defamation and privacy on social media

    Can a third party post on facebook one side of a conversation, at the same time revealing that persons name and mobile number? Then defame their character by making many accusations (which are out of context because only one side of the text conversation is being revealed and their views of...
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    VIC The Privacy Act 1988

    Hi guys, I have a tricky question - To register a Federal political party, you need to provide the AEC a list of 550 members. The AEC check those names against the electoral role, and ensure they are all not members of other parties etc. The AEC refused our application because they stated that...
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    Protection of privacy of new wife against demands of contact details from ex-wife

    In the context of parenting matters, is it legal for my ex-partner to demand that I provide the private mobile phone number of my new wife who is not implicated in any wrong-doing and is not a party in the case?
  6. Azure

    Tort Law - Privacy problems

    Hi everyone, I'd like to know how the tort law (privacy problems) are connected with tech companies, such as social media platforms. May someone explains to me the way these companies can bypass the tort law? Regards, Azure
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    VIC Privacy - Appealing a decision made by Tribunal

    Appeal can only be based on the question of Law. Does the question of law arise when decision-maker is driven by erroneous assumptions about the case?
  8. gundy_guy

    QLD Can I access personal info from rego details?

    Hi, our team has created license plate recognition software for use in car parking facilities. We plan on trialling a gateless facility. Question Is it legally possible to access the email address of the registered vehicle owner based off the license plate in order to invoice customers for the...
  9. Shop1

    VIC Privacy and call recording?

    Hi, If you call an insurance company regarding a claim against you, and the operator says that the call will be recorded, if you refuse for them to record the call, is it legal for them to continue to record? Just wondering the legalalities regarding your personal privacy in these matters...
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    QLD Right to Block Retaining Wall?

    The back border of my property has a large block retaining wall with height ranging from 1.5 metres to over 3 metres in height. The wall is vertical. 1) Does there need to be a safety fence on top of the wall? 2) Do we have a right to some sort of privacy fence on top of the wall as their...