Aust & NZ
Australia and New Zealand
There has been no major investigation of pretexting in
Australia and it has excited little media attention.
Pretexting or blagging breaches a range of federal and
state/territory enactments and common law. As with the
UK, however, it is a practice that although illegal is
presumably common and that provides information ultimately
used by major corporations, government agencies, law firms
and other entities. It has been defended by some.
John Bracey, president of the Australian Institute of
Private Detectives, for example was reported as commenting
in October 2006 that
a private detective not to use such surveillance methods
is like asking a carpenter to put cupboards up without
using a hammer, nails, screws or a saw.
will be discussing the Australian regulatory regime and
practice in the near future.
In the interim one point of entry is The Law of Private
Security in Australia (Pyrmont: Law Book Co 2005)
by Rick Sarre & Tim Prenzler.