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CrimTrac provides direct access information on behalf of all policing jurisdictions to provide them information about telephone subscriptions

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Since November 2004, CrimTrac had been brokering Sensis direct access information on behalf of all policing jurisdictions and other criminal enforcement agencies to provide them with pertinent information about telephone subscriptions when investigating, preventing and prosecuting criminal offences, said Senator Joseph Ludwig (Queensland) in the Federal Senate on 20 September 2007 in debate on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007.

CrimTrac’s connection to enforcement agencies: Ludwig said: “Access to this information is governed by various processes and procedures according to the law enforcement agency requesting the information. Enforcement of criminal law covers a wide spectrum of activities and depends on the organisation to which the investigator belongs. CrimTrac currently brokers that on behalf of all policing jurisdictions across Australia, including the AFP. In addition, CrimTrac brokers telecommunications data on behalf of a number of other law enforcement agencies, which include:

  • the Australian Customs Service;
  • the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption;
  • the Crime and Misconduct Commission of Queensland;
  • the Australian Crime Commission; and
  • the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Access on individual basis: “The current application used by CrimTrac gives a simple forward, reverse and address based search on behalf of those law enforcement agencies,” Ludwig said. “By undertaking these actions, CrimTrac ensures that all organizations are legitimately entitled to have access before approving individuals on a case-by-case basis. Access is granted to individuals, not organisations, work units or teams, according to their responsibility and rank.

CrimTrac access required: “It goes without saying that that clearly supports, in Labor’s view, why CrimTrac remains central to this jurisdiction and why, given its direct role, it requires that access. Given the nature of what I have just said and the time available, I will not go into any further reasons which support that. If the Democrats want to dispute it further, I can provide more evidence to justify the position,” Ludwig said.

Reference: Joseph Ludwig, Senator for Queensland, Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate, Australian Labor Party, Senate Hansard, Commonwealth of Australia, 20 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 7/10/2007

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