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The Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Act 2006 - May 2007

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Galexia Consultant Saira Ahmed has published an article detailing the recent amendments to the Telecommunications Act 1979 (Cth).

The amendments insert a warrant regime for access to stored communications held by a telecommunications carrier and enable interception of telecommunications of an innocent person known to communicate with a person of interest - known as ‘B-Party’ intercepts. This article discusses the main provisions of the Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Act 2006 (Cth) and the controversy surrounding these amendments.

Implications of the amendments enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and other law enforcement agencies to intercept telecommunications of third parties including emails, SMS and voicemail messages. These provisions are naturally significant for lawyers advising clients on cooperation with law enforcement authorities in relation to telecommunications, including emails.

The article was published in Volume 10, No 1 of the Internet Law Bulletin (May 2007).

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