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SURVEILLANCE DEVICES ACT 1999 - SECT 11

Prohibition on communication or publication of private conversations or activities

S. 11(1) amended by No. 26/2004 s. 8(a).

    (1)     Subject to subsection (2), a person must not knowingly communicate or publish a record or report of a private conversation or private activity that has been made as a direct or indirect result of the use of a listening device, an optical surveillance device or a tracking device.

Penalty:     In the case of a natural person, level 7 imprisonment (2 years maximum) or a level 7 fine (240 penalty units maximum) or both;

In the case of a body corporate, 1200 penalty units.

Note to s. 11(1) inserted by No. 13/2013 s. 42(1).

Note

Section 32A applies to an offence against this subsection.

    (2)     Subsection (1) does not apply—

        (a)     to a communication or publication made with the express or implied consent of each party to the private conversation or private activity; or

        (b)     to a communication or publication that is no more than is reasonably necessary—

              (i)     in the public interest; or

              (ii)     for the protection of the lawful interests of the person making it; or

        (c)     to a communication or publication in the course of legal proceedings or disciplinary proceedings; or

S. 11(2)(ca) inserted by No. 26/2004 s. 8(b).

        (ca)     to a communication or publication of protected information; or

        (d)     to a communication or publication made by a law enforcement officer

S. 11(2)(d)(i) amended by No. 26/2004 s. 8(c)(i).

              (i)     to a person authorised by the chief officer of the law enforcement agency and for the purpose of investigating or prosecuting an offence; or

              (ii)     to the occupier of premises of a record or report of a private activity that has been made as a direct or indirect result of the use on those premises of an optical surveillance device in the circumstances referred to in section 7(2)(c); or

S. 11(2)(d)(iii) amended by No. 9/2008 s. 45.

              (iii)     to the sheriff or to a person employed in the Department of Justice in the administration of the Infringements Act 2006 ; or

              (iv)     otherwise in the performance of his or her duty; or

S. 11(2)(e) amended by Nos 26/2004 s. 8(c)(ii), 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 163.2).

        (e)     to a communication to a police officer by a person authorised to do so by an authorised police officer; or

        (f)     to a communication or publication authorised by a law of the Commonwealth relating to the security of the Commonwealth.



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