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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Report: Police used encryption laws 7 times in 2018–19 Related reading: Data clean rooms bring perceived privacy gap



ZDNet reports the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police used Australia’s encryption laws seven times in 2018 and 2019, according to the "Telecommunications (Interception And Access) Act 1979 – Annual Report 2018-19." The seven instances were Technical Assistance Requests, voluntary requests for communications providers to access user communications. The annual report also said the cost of complying with a law mandating telecommunications companies retain customer data for two years for law enforcement access has topped AU$229 million. “Law enforcement agencies made 565 arrests, conducted 884 proceedings, and obtained 280 convictions based on evidence obtained under stored communications warrants,” the report states.
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