AFP and NSW Police used Australia’s encryption laws seven times in 2018-19
Seven Technical Assistance Requests made with no Technical Assistance Notices or Technical Capability Notices issued.
The Department of Home Affairs has revealed it used Australia’s contentious encryption laws seven times in the period between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Australian Federal Police (AFP) used the laws five times and NSW Police used the laws two times.
All seven instances were Technical Assistance Requests, which are voluntary requests for the designated communications providers to use their existing capabilities to access user communications.