Identify and Disrupt

Leave it to the folks down under to take things to another level. The “Identify and Disrupt” bill will give Australian Authorities access to any Citizen’s social media account and mail account without consent; The new power the parliament granted the Australian Federals will allow them to add, delete information and send messages without the user knowing.

The totalitarian “Identify and Disrupt” bill creates 3 new types of “data disruption” warrants that the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission can use to copy, delete and modify content on individuals online accounts.

There are three controversial new powers when it comes to tackling online crime or speech that the government doesn’t like. I’ll take you through step by step as what is happening in Australia is bound to be rolled out to the rest of the world next.

The first change is a data disruption power that reportedly aims 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”. In short, this change gives the AFP the power to modify, delete, copy or edit data as they see fit.

The bill was met head on with critics asserting that these powers could be used to target anyone from political activists to somebody who downloaded music off the internet or even shared a funny meme about some political slime-ball.

Victorian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe said of the proposal last year, “No one’s safe under these new laws, it will affect grassroots communities across the country, it will affect children. It will affect anybody who downloads a movie illegally over the internet – they could go to jail for five years.”

The second additional power the Aus government granted themselves is called a network activity warrant. This allows the AFP and ACIC (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission) to monitor the web activity of devices or networks. This new power they granted themselves enables them to monitor any network or device that is used, or is likely to be used by the person or persons in question. (Pretty broad right?)

Lastly, the AFP and ACIC can now take control of an online account in order to gather further information for an investigation. You may be wondering the same thing I am, what stops them from planting information that can be used against said individual? Not a thing, when someone takes over your network they have the ability to hide data in your servers or your personal device (let’s see how many dissidents get charged with child porn or the like).

If the idea of the government being able to do this to a private citizen, then maybe it’s time you start speaking up, because what is happening in Australia is coming soon to your country as well.