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SURVEILLANCE DEVICES ACT 1999 - SECT 7

Regulation of installation, use and maintenance of optical surveillance devices

S. 7(1) amended by No. 26/2004 s. 7(a).

    (1)     Subject to subsection (2), a person must not knowingly install, use or maintain an optical surveillance device to record visually or observe a private activity to which the person is not a party, without the express or implied consent of each party to the activity.

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. 7(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 to—

S. 7(2)(a) amended by No. 26/2004 s. 7(b).

        (a)     the installation, use or maintenance of an optical surveillance device in accordance with a warrant, emergency authorisation, corresponding warrant or corresponding emergency authorisation; or

        (b)     the installation, use or maintenance of an optical surveillance device in accordance with a law of the Commonwealth; or

        (c)     the installation, use or maintenance of an optical surveillance device by a law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her duty on premises if—

              (i)     an occupier of the premises authorises that installation, use or maintenance; and

              (ii)     the installation, use or maintenance is reasonably necessary for the protection of any person's lawful interests.



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