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BjydaHome Affairs reveals Australian authorities already using new encryption powers
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The Department of Home Affairs has been told law enforcement and national security agencies are already using the Act as the department continues to 'support' its implementation.
 

 
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has used its submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's (PJCIS) Inquiry into Australia's encryption laws to discuss how it implemented, or agreed to at least in part, all 17 recommendations made in December, prior to the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 being pushed through Parliament.
It also used its submission [PDF] to disclose that it had "been advised" that federal law enforcement and national security have already begun using the powers contained within.
 
Australia now has world-first encryption laws. This guide explains what the laws can do, what they cannot do, and how Australia ended up here.
 
"The department has also been advised by Commonwealth law enforcement and national security agencies that the powers in the Act have been used to support their work," Home Affairs said, noting in the same paragraph that it was working closely with these agencies to facilitate the implementation of the Act.
Under the new laws, Australian government agencies will be able to issue three kinds of notices:
  • Technical Assistance Notices (TAN), which are compulsory notices for a communication provider to use an interception capability they already have;
  • Technical Capability Notices (TCN), which are compulsory notices for a communication provider to build a new interception capability, so that it can meet subsequent Technical Assistance Notices; and
  • Technical Assistance Requests (TAR), which are voluntary requests to use existing capabilities, but have been described by experts as the most dangerous of all.

In its submission, Home Affairs said it delivered training to the police forces of New South Wales and Victoria, specifically on what the new powers include.
The on-site training, DHA said, highlighted the legal processes that agencies must satisfy while using their new powers, as well as the administrative requirements of seeking approval from the Australian Federal Police Commissioner for the use of TANs.
 
It also included what "strict thresholds and safeguards" must be met, as well as operational use cases.

For : https://www.zdnet.com/article/home-affai...on-powers/
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