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Australian Senate Passes Identify and Disrupt Bill Amid Overreach Concerns

The Australian Senate passed controversial legislation this week that gives crime agencies significant new powers to digitally spy on suspected criminals.

The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 gives the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) access to three new types of warrants designed to target cyber-enabled serious and organised crime.

A new data disruption warrant allows either agency to tap into a suspected criminal’s computer or network to access data and disrupt suspected criminal activity.

The network activity warrant allows the agencies to collect intelligence on criminal networks operating online. The account takeover warrant enables the agencies to take over a person’s online account for the purposes of gathering evidence of criminal activity.

Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Karen Andrews MP says the bill is needed to ensure Australia’s law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to keep pace with online criminal activity.

“This Bill is just one more step the Government is taking to ensure our agencies maintain that edge,” Minister Andrews says.

”Under our changes, the AFP will have more tools to pursue organised crime gangs to keep drugs off our street and out of our community, and those who commit the most heinous crimes against children.”

Read more at – Australian Cyber Security Magazine

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