Correctional Services Act 2014 - Biometrics
Letter to Commissioner Corrective Services:
The Law Society Northern Territory (the Society) wrote to you on 6 June 2014 to outline some of our concerns with provisions of the Correctional Services Act.
We note that Information Privacy Principle 5 ? Openness requires a public sector organisation to make available to the public a document which clearly expresses its policies for the management of personal information that it holds.
The Society notes that other jurisdictions such as Queensland have such policies in place. An example can be found here: http://www.correctiveservices.qld.gov.au/About_Us/The_Department/Biometric_identification/index.shtml
Information such as that from Tasmania Corrections may also be helpful in assisting visitors understand what to expect when visiting the new facility. An example can be found here: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/prisonservice/visiting/what_to_expect
The Society considers it important that this information is available to all people who may need to visit the prison and would be happy to assist in the preparation and distribution of this information including to the legal profession.