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Thursday, 25 September 2014
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Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (12:43): Does a computer access warrant allow ASIO to disrupt or install software on a targeted device?

Senator XENOPHON: Very briefly, I can indicate that I will not support the Greens amendments for these reasons. I think that the concerns raised are legitimate. I think that, from an operational point of view, simply limiting it to no more than 20 devices is problematic. If it were a higher number I would be more sympathetic. The fact that IGIS can ascertain the number of devices that have been caught under a particular warrant gives me some comfort, although I would like to see in the longer term greater transparency with respect to this so that IGIS is in a position to say that so many devices have been caught by a particular warrants after the event. I cannot see how that would in any way, from a security point of view, compromise an operation, but I think it is important for Australians to know how devices may be caught under particular warrants. I think 20 is simply too low from an operational point of view.