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Human rights and technology

The Law Council welcomes the opportunity to respond to the second phase of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC’s) consultation on Human Rights and Technology.

This submission is supplementary to the Law Council’s earlier submission responding to the first phase of this consultation, and the Law Council continues to refer to the positions outlined.

The Law Council’s positions on various AHRC proposals contained in the AHRC’s Human Rights and Technology: Discussion Paper (2019) (Discussion Paper) are discussed in the submission. 

It is worth noting from the outset that this consultation has proved particularly prescient, coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic of recent months. As the risk of transmitting the virus has necessitated widespread and prolonged social distancing, technology has assumed an even greater presence in the lives of Australians.

Corporations, organisations and service providers are all grappling with how to provide remote access to consumers, and the pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of technology in modern communications and social cohesion, making the issue of human rights and technology even more acute.

You can read the full submission below.

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