“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.”.
Under the laws, authorities could hack, secretly takeover, and add, copy, and delete material on computers and digital accounts anywhere in the world without the account-holder’s knowledge or consent.
“It’s an invasion of privacy, it’s a breach of human rights, and it’s more reason that we need a bill of rights in this country,” Senator Thorpe said.
A statement from a spokesperson for the Attorney-General’s Department was provided in response, stating that the Bill includes “strict oversight and review mechanisms”.
Dr Mann said non-disclosure requirements and secrecy provisions related to the laws make it difficult for the public to know how they’re being used.
“The power to issue disruption warrants should not be conferred on ordinary AAT members, as is proposed in the Bill. »