Australian Law Enforcement Wants The Right To Hack Computers

from the the-modern-wiretap dept

As technology changes, so does the demands of law enforcement officials to figure out better ways to spy on your use of that technology. For example, efforts to wiretap Skype conversations has been a popular subject among law enforcement around the world. Down in Australia, the police are now looking for the right to hack your computer. At the very least, it would require a warrant, but a judge could authorize the police to hack into your computer and monitor it for up to 7 days at a time and not tell the owners for up to three years (depending on the circumstances -- and it would require several approved extensions for it to last that long). Not surprisingly, this is rather controversial, and security companies in particular have made it clear they want no part of this (i.e., they won't create backdoors) and fully expect their products to block such hacking attempts. How long until new legislation is proposed that forces security vendors to change their minds about that as well?

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    BTR1701, 11 Mar 2009 @ 5:28am

    Re: Trespass

    > Afterall, it isn't illegal to enter someone's
    > house if the door is unlocked

    Umm... yes it is. You can't just go walking around other people's homes merely because they don't lock the door.

    Try it and see how fast you get locked up for breaking and entering, and then listen close as your lawyer explains to you that the "breaking" part isn't really about physically breaking a lock or door or window as most people think. It's a holdover from old English which means "breaking the close", the close being the threshold of a residence. So even if a door is wide open, if you cross the threshold without permission, you're breaking and entering the residence and you can-- and most likely will-- do time for it.

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