Committee to hear from Government and Civil Society Groups on new identify and disrupt warrants

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

10 am–5 pm (AEST)

Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra

A program for the hearing can be found on the committee’s website.

Committee Chair Senator James Paterson stated ‘The committee will consider three new powers proposed in the Bill for the AFP and the ACIC. They are:

  • Data disruption warrants to enable the AFP and the ACIC to disrupt data by modifying, adding, copying or deleting in order to frustrate the commission of serious offences online
  • Network activity warrants to allow agencies to collect intelligence on serious criminal activity being conducted by criminal networks, and
  • Account takeover warrants to provide the AFP and the ACIC with the ability to take control of a person’s online account for the purposes of gathering evidence to further a criminal investigation.’

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, teleconference and video conference facilities may be used to connect witnesses to Committee Members. The hearings will be broadcast live at

Further information on the inquiry can be obtained from the Committee’s website.

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