Peter Dutton appeals to global tech companies to help crackdown on organised crime online
Originally posted by Luke Cooper @ 9news.com.au
Organised crime, both internationally and locally, is costing the Australian taxpayer almost $2000 every year, according to a report released by the Federal Government.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton today said in an address to the National Press Club in Canberra that “serious and organised crime” is costing the Australian economy $11.4 billion more than previously estimated.
The report released today from the Australian Institute of Criminology says organised crime in Australia between 2016 and 2017 came at a cost of between $23.8 billion and $47.4 billion.
“The $47.4 billion equates to $1900 for every person in Australia every year,” Mr Dutton said.
“The 47 billion headline figure is broken down to two components - over $30 billion annually accounting for the cost of serious and organised criminal activity.
“Secondly, $15.9 billion annually accounting for the cost of prevention and response initiatives.
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“That is the expense incurred by law enforcement, the criminal justice system, other government agencies, the private sector and the general community in providing support to prevent organised criminal activity.”
In his address Mr Dutton also appealed to international “Silicon Valley companies”, saying the multinational corporations need to work with the Australian government to combat organised crime online and the use of encryption services.
The Home Affairs Minister said the Coalition’s Assistance and Access Bill, put before the Parliament, asks the technology companies to “provide reasonable assistance” in criminal investigations dealing with online data.
“Criminals are using encryption to send messages about planning a terrorist attack, or images of children involved in pornography,” he said.
“Currently our police and intelligence agencies who have a warrant may be able to covertly recover an email or a photo or other evidence of a crime from somebody's computer.
“But they can't crack encryption, which is why it's now being exploited by criminals.
“Some of the biggest critics are multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley companies - the same ones that need to be hounded to pay tax in Australia and other jurisdictions. The same companies who have misused personal data to commercial advantage.
“It is important tech firms understand and embrace their responsibilities to our community that has helped enrich them and their companies and shareholders. Ultimately this bill is designed to protect Australians.”
The Minister also said that there are aspects in the draft Bill that includes some government concessions, in the interests of global tech companies, to avoid working against their business models.
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