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Australian powers to spy on cybercrime suspects given green lighttheguardian.com ^ | August 25, 2021 | Paul Karp

Posted on 09/01/2021 3:37:29 AM PDT by ransomnote

A government bill to create new police powers to spy on criminal suspects online, disrupt their data and take over their accounts has been passed with the support of Labor.

The identify and disrupt bill passed the Senate on Wednesday, despite concerns about the low bar of who can authorise a warrant, and that the government failed to implement all the safeguards recommended by the bipartisan joint committee on intelligence and security.

The bill creates three new types of warrants to enable the AFP and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to modify and delete data, take over accounts and spy on Australians in networks suspected of committing crimes.

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Kieran Pender, the senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, told Guardian Australia given the bill’s powers “are unprecedented and extraordinarily intrusive, they should have been narrowed to what is strictly necessary and subject to robust safeguards”.

Despite the “significant changes” recommended by the committee, the HRLC believes that about half were either rejected or only partially adopted.

“It is alarming that, instead of accepting the committee’s recommendations and allowing time for scrutiny of subsequent amendments, the Morrison government rushed these laws through parliament in less than 24 hours,” Pender said.

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Their rights to own firearms were a keystone. Once that right was largely taken away, all the other rights are beginning to fall. It will happhen here too, if we let it..

In Australia cybercrime includes sending an email to a friend that you don’t like the ‘covid’ lockdown.

The nation started out as a penal colony, and is rapidly turning back into one. Considering how easy it is to become a ‘suspect’ these days, no one is safe.

Australian “cybercrime” = Lockdown protests.

Police can spy on basically anything under this law. What could go wrong?

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Suspects = anyone.

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