March 6, 2008
The New South Wales Cabinet has approved new powers for police designed
to help them track terrorist threats, fraudsters and paedophiles through
The proposed laws would allow police to search computers networked to
those listed on a search warrant.
Police could also seize computer hard drives and memory sticks for up to
Police Minister David Campbell says police are currently only able to
search computer hardware found on a premises named in a search warrant.
He says with the changes, they will be able to go a step further and
search other networked computers, regardless of where they are located.
"What we know is that there are organised crime gangs who use the
internet and other forms of technology to hide their crimes," he said.
"There's also the ongoing concern of pornography over the internet, and
these proposed new powers for police will give police an even playing
Mr Campbell says the measures are needed to address the changing nature
of cyber crimes.
"As computer technology improves and becomes more sophisticated, the
[State] Government is determined to give police the power they need to
deal with that sophisticated crime," he said.
"This is about making sure that police can keep up with the crooks and
bring them to justice...
"Whether that's gang-related or fraud-related, or whether it deals with
those who pedal child pornography, police will have additional powers to
keep our community safer."
Queensland Police yesterday announced a two-year investigation involving
police from Australia, the United States, Europe and New Zealand has led
to the arrest of 22 people, accused of sharing violent and sexual
material over the internet and involving 40 children.
Two Australians are among those arrested in the global network.
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