Australian senate passes new cybercrime monitoring laws


August 27, 2012

In order to help win the fight against cybercrime, businesses need to ensure they are achieving strong levels of vulnerability management, through procedures such as penetration testing and security auditing.

However while prevention is always the best solution, it is also necessary for authorities to have the tools in place with which to adequately track down and capture cybercriminals in order to prevent repeat offending.

New legislation passed by the senate earlier this week (August 22) is set to make that job easier, with Australia officially acceding to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

The Convention on Cybercrime was first drawn up in 2001 as a way to unify nations in the fight against cybercrime while also providing law enforcement with more powers to investigate and prosecute cybercriminals.

Australia has become the 35th nation to accede to the Convention, after the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany and the Republic of South Africa.

said attorney-general Nicola Roxon yesterday (August 23).

The new laws will allow law enforcement agencies to request that internet service providers store customer s internet records, if those customers are suspected of cybercrime of any kind. The agencies will then be required to apply for a warrant before they are able to view the records in question.

The bill was passed despite protests from the Green party, who argued that it would give authorities too much additional surveillance power.

In a statement issued on their official website on Monday (August 20), the Greens argued that the law was .

said Greens communications spokesperson and senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

Mr Ludlam also argued that the bill would open the door for Australia to assist in overseas investigations that could lead to sentences of capital punishment being imposed, which has long been abolished in Australia and is opposed by many citizens.

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