Covid-19: What role should our government have in surveilling the population
Privacy is acknowledged internationally as a fundamental human right. In Australia, however, privacy is primarily protected through federal and state statutes that focus on data protection. At the Commonwealth level, for example, Australia’s Privacy Act lists how organisations, including federal government agencies must handle our personal data. COVID19 has shifted the risk landscape, leading to more aspects of our lives being monitored and recorded, with the data analysed to assess our activity.
As we spend more of our time using mobile smart devices for work and play, and drones can watch us from above, how does this new paradigm play out? Does online government surveillance make us safer and what are the tradeoffs between perceived security and the mass collection and/or use of citizen data?
Meet the Panellists:
Mr Nigel Phair, Director Cyber, UNSW Canberra
Prof Monica Whitty, Director of Research (Cyber), UNSW Canberra
Dr Tim Lynar, Lecturer, Cyber Sececurity and Computer Science, UNSW Canberra
Prof Lyria Bennett Moses, Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and a Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney