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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Australian Cyber Law Will Turn Citizens Into Criminals

Australian Cyber Law Will Turn Citizens Into Criminals

Australian Cyber Law Will Turn Citizens Into Criminals

Added: Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
One of country’s major educationalists has expressed an opinion that cybercrime legislation is simply turning ordinary citizens into criminals: Peter Black, the senior lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology claimed that the legislation is so broad that it actually criminalizes much of the ordinary activity.


Peter Black noted that the fact that a Fairfax journalist had been arrested because of his receipt of an unauthorized Facebook picture simply doesn’t have any sensible explanation. Moreover, the entire issue reveals huge holes in the country’s cybercrime legislation.

If you haven’t heard about the case, it happened to Ben Grubb, Fairfax deputy technology editor. He has been arrested by Queensland Police and accused of the receipt of “tainted” content. Actually, that’s quite unusual for police to make things hum over a suspected theft of online pictures. The crime of Ben Grubb was to write an article about some security researcher who managed to illegally access a rival's wife's Facebook account.

In response, Inspector Knacker of the Queensland Yard told at the recent press conference that the law enforcement still cannot do anything about the fast development of Internet environment. But at the same time, he clearly pointed out that receiving a photo from someone's Facebook account without the owner’s permission was equal to receiving a nicked telly.

The only problem is that in case the information has the same status as telly, then all journalists should be arrested for writing about the second hand facts. For example, if a whistleblower tells the reporter about the discussion held behind closed doors, this can also fit the nicked telly theory of the authorities.

That’s what Peter Black pointed to when talking about the Cyber Crime Act – considering the way the legislation was drafted, it becomes clear that the law is so broad that a plenty of “ordinary” activity could also generate criminal charges. For example, guessing a password becomes a criminal offense involving a penalty of 10 years jail time. As for the Grubb’s case, it is curious why the police responded that fast. In fact, such speedy activity was completely inconsistent with how they usually respond to these cases – indeed, they usually laugh over the complaints of hacked Facebook pages.

May 23th,2011

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Date:  Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-05-23 21:45:31)
gonads90 avatarWell we are talking about Queensland police here!!

posted by Turtle (2011-05-24 03:45:14)
bigcow2k avatarlol and i guess i'll be getting at least 100 yrs jail time... if i get caught that is... soon after, at least half of ozzy's population will be jailed, and the coppers will have massive workload

posted by (2011-05-24 13:20:09)
No avatarI can imagine a two guys sitting around in the yard saying "What are you in for?" "I bashed a guy's skull in and stole his shoes, bastards gave me 8 years. What'd you do?" Nerd: "I downloaded a bunch of Britney Spears songs." .... "Got 10 years"

posted by ET loverSupermanTurtle (2011-05-24 14:30:00)
zuluDROOG avatar@windshear: Anyone downloading Britney Spears should be scheduled for psychiatric evaluation first.

posted by (2011-05-24 15:23:24)
chasnjas avatarHaha it reminds me of a rodney rude song..

Queensland Cops
They really know just how to lose their jobs.
They get the prostitutes to gobble their knobs.
Queensland Cops
They plead immunity
They get their scotch for free
Queensland Cops
The system's fair, they hardly ever go to jail,
'Cos coppers in the slot would really cop the lot
'cos other prisoners would just root them!

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-05-27 01:01:02)
fusseltier avatarwow, now australia will be just like the US, where everyone is considered a criminal and you have to prove you arent. you know the american saying, guilty until proven innocent.

posted by (2011-05-27 02:44:18)
bribiedoug1951 avataris this true, i live in queensland and it is the first that i have heard of it....not beyond the realm of possibility though with this nanny state and a moron for premier

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