Australian Senate Passes Identify and Disrupt Bill Amid Overreach Concerns

Australian Cybersecurity Magazine -

Staff Writer

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

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