Known as the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) bill, the legislation allows the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to take over, and modify or delete, the accounts of cybercriminal suspects.
Although authorities claim that the law will help crack down on pedophiles, terrorists and drug traffickers, many on social media expressed concern that the extensive powers were further evidence of Australia sliding into authoritarianism.
#australia“Australian powers to spy on cybercrime suspects given green light”Orwell was too optimistic… #australia1984https://t.co/YEcBPtS8Gp
— Pierre Moret (@pierrech) August 31, 2021
Oh looks its Australia’s bi-annual slide into becoming a complete surveillance state. https://t.co/WZEp7hS6SB
— lewi (@lewifree) September 1, 2021
WTF IS HAPPENING TO AUSTRALIA?! Here’s what a tyrant like Stalin/Mao would do in the age of technology,take a look down under…SURVEILLANCE STATE: “Identify and Disrupt” Bill will Give Australian Authorities Access to Citizen’s Social Media,Email..👇https://t.co/7n1N6Yv2dY
— AnTheFacts (@AnTheFacts) August 29, 2021