This post is about TV and radio broadcasting, but since we don’t have a joint topic for this, I am posting it here.
###Updated privacy guidelines for broadcasters
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has updated its privacy guidelines for broadcasters.
‘The ACMA developed the guidelines to assist broadcasters’ understanding and awareness of their privacy obligations under the various broadcasting codes of practice,’ said acting ACMA Chairman, Richard Bean. ‘First issued in 2005, the guidelines were last revised in 2011.’
The updated guidelines:
• reflect amendments to codes of practice since 2011
• include new case studies of key ACMA privacy investigation decisions over the past five years
• update references to personal information and clarify theACMA’s approach to consent, material in the public domain and children’s privacy.
The ACMA values engagement with broadcasters and the development of the guidelines was greatly assisted by consultation with them and other interested parties.
The updated guidelines are available on the ACMA website.
The document is pretty technical but it includes some case studies that may be of interest (not surprisingly most relate to “commercial television current affairs program”) e.g.,
Breach—invasion of privacy with no public interest reason for broadcasting the material (commercial television current affairs program)
No breach—use of material obtained from a social networking website (commercial television news program)
Breach—broadcasting the words of an identifiable person without consent (commercial radio program)
Breach—intrusion upon a person’s seclusion (commercial television current affairs program)