Creators of abusive websites could be charged

Following on from yesterday’s post where cybersafety expert Susan McLean called on police to charge creators of hate websites, The Age is reporting that police do intend to prosecute where there are grounds.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Dever said in the past couple of months police had had several pages shut down, including one that was selling guns and drugs, a page full of dead-baby jokes and a page with ”hateful and hurtful comments inciting murder” directed at police.

He said Facebook was ”very co-operative as long as due judicial process is followed”, and was willing to assist police in matters involving material that ”would encourage an act of violence or some illegal act”.

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Police urged to charge and prosecute creators of cyber hate

Former Victoria Police officer and now cybersafety expert Susan McLean has urged Australian police to ‘track down and charge’ people who post hate pages online, The Age reports.

McLean states that

police already have powers to pursue posters of such content. Under section 474.17 of the Commonwealth Crimes Act, it is an offence to use ”a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence”, punishable by three years in jail… ”There have been many cases in the UK where these people have been hunted down and charged and jailed. We need to do that in Australia.”

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New web spy powers

Recently The Age reported that the Australian, yes you read that correctly, government want our private data.

There’s a very strong chance law enforcement will soon have access to a two-year backlog of our web data and telephone history due to law reforms. But so could hackers and just about everyone else.

The “data retention” scheme, secretly put together over a period of more than two years by the Attorney-General’s department for its minister, has been given a push by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

The Attorney-General on Monday put the proposal to a parliamentary joint committee on intelligence security to review it, among other proposals. If passed by parliament, the proposals would be the most significant expansion of the intelligence community’s powers since the Howard-era reforms that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks

Read the entire story here. 96% of survey respondents disagreed with the government’s plans. What are your thoughts?