It will begin operating once the election is formally called, which could be as early as the end of this week.
Leading national security agency, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), opened the new cyber and foreign intelligence facility in Majura Park, Canberra, to
“foster security partnerships across the intelligence community, law enforcement, Australian industry and international partners”.
The new centre is expected to house agents and personnel from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the AFP, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), the Department of Home Affairs and more.
It seems they are wasting no time in getting operations up-and-running.
This isn’t the first power increase for the AFP in recent months, either.
In October, then AFP said it was is in talks with the Five Eyes Alliance about how it can implement a new cyber offensive operation following
‘identify and disrupt’ laws. the passing of
The new act significantly enhances how the AFP investigates ‘serious cyber-enabled crime’ and they did mention at the time a plan to
to accommodate this. increase cyber division powers
More recently, the agency announced plans to use forensic DNA phenotyping to reveal highly personal information about suspected criminals – including about biological sex, ancestry, appearance and more.
Has the introduction of this new ‘election taskforce’ been established just to ‘assist with protection’?
Or is it more likely that this has been long in the works as a means of further scope and control?
Will this taskforce be dissolved after the 2022 federal election?
Or, like most overreaches of power introduced by Australian authorities, will this remain permanently?
If it does, where does this type of social media monitoring lead next?
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