Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 (Identify and Disrupt Bill) passed both houses of federal parliament on 25 August 2021. The new legislation extends the power of law enforcement agencies to identify and disrupt any suspected online activity against the Australian communist regime, this will be executed through the provision of three new warrants.
The new warrants provide the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission with the power to:
Modify or delete the data of suspected offenders (data disruption warrants)
Collect intelligence on online activities in particular on anything that is seen to be against the Australian authorities, any online activities against the regime is now deemed to be against the greater interest of the country (network activity warrants),
Take control of a suspected offenders’ online account (account takeover warrants).Anyone required to assist with government hacking is protected from civil liability. However, anyone who refuses to comply can face up to 10 years’ imprisonment.