Additional Budget funds for AFP to be used for deploying 'hacking' Bill warrants

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Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Reece Kershaw told senators on Thursday morning that additional funding from this year’s Budget would allow his law enforcement agency to start deploying the warrant powers it received in recently passed “hacking” laws shortly.

Outlined in the annual federal Budget released on Tuesday night, the Coalition plans to hand over AU$142.2m across four years to the AFP for upping its specialist operational, intelligence, collection, and criminal asset confiscation capabilities, which includes these new warrants.

The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 was enshrined late last year, giving the AFP the ability to issue three types of warrants.

The first of the warrants is a data disruption one, which can be used to prevent “continuation of criminal activity by participants, and be the safest and most expedient option where those participants are in unknown locations or acting under anonymous or false identities”.

The second is a network activity warrant that would allow the AFP and ACIC to collect intelligence from devices that are used, or likely to be used, by those subject to the warrant.

The last warrant is a hostile account takeover warrant that would allow the agencies to

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