Review of the privacy guidelines for broadcasters
The ACMA received a number of submissions as part of the Privacy Guidelines Review. Copies of the submissions are available in PDF format below.
The Privacy Guidelines for Broadcasters 2005 (the guidelines) were made by the ACMA in August 2005 to assist broadcasters to better understand their obligations relating to privacy as set out in the various broadcasting industry codes of practice.
This was the first review of the guidelines since their commencement.
In reviewing the guidelines, the ACMA considered:
- the relevant provisions of the broadcasting codes of practice
- the ACMA’s broadcasting investigations concerning privacy since August 2005
- qualitative and quantitative research into attitudes to privacy, commissioned by the ACMA between May and September 2010
- the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report 108 For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice
- developments in the law.
Broadcasting codes of practice are registered by, or in the case of national broadcasters notified to, the ACMA. They include obligations for broadcasters with respect to privacy.
In the period May to September 2010, the ACMA commissioned qualitative and quantitative research into community attitudes to broadcasting and media privacy. The findings provide an important community perspective on privacy issues that arise in broadcast news and current affairs programs and radio competitions.
The research reports Community research into broadcasting and media privacy (2011) and Australians’ views on privacy in broadcast news and current affairs (2011) have been published on the ACMA website.