Responding to Doxing in Australia: Towards a Right to Informational Self-Determination

Åste Corbridge

Abstract


Doxing is the term used to describe the act of publicly revealing an individual’s personal information without their permission. It is a problem that concerns informational privacy and data protection. This article argues that the Australian Parliament should provide individuals with a right to informational self-determination and adopt a holistic approach to personal data protection. Part I defines the different aspects of doxing and identifies the adverse effects that doxing can have on victims. Part II considers the right to informational self-determination, before Part III examines solutions to the doxing problem. This article concludes that the Australian Parliament should consider enacting a statutory cause of action for a serious invasion of privacy that provides redress for doxing victims and introduces personal data protection regulations modelled on Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation.


Keywords


doxing, reform, general data protection regulation, personal information, information privacy, Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), statutory cause of action for serious invasion of privacy, remedies, informational self-determination

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