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Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Schedule 4 Telecommunications data confidentiality

   

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979

1  Subsection 171(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  Division 6 creates offences for certain disclosures and uses of information and documents.

2  Division 6 of Part 4-1 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 6 Disclosure/use offences

3  Before section 182

Insert:

181A   Disclosure/use offences: authorisations under Division 3

Disclosures

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person discloses information; and

                     (b)  the information is about any of the following:

                              (i)  whether an authorisation under Division 3 has been, or is being, sought;

                             (ii)  the making of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the existence or non-existence of such an authorisation;

                            (iv)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                             (v)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person discloses a document; and

                     (b)  the document consists (wholly or partly) of any of the following:

                              (i)  an authorisation under Division 3;

                             (ii)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (3)  Paragraphs (1)(a) and (2)(a) do not apply to a disclosure of information or a document if:

                     (a)  the disclosure is for the purposes of the authorisation, revocation or notification concerned; or

                     (b)  the disclosure is reasonably necessary:

                              (i)  to enable the Organisation to perform its functions; or

                             (ii)  to enforce the criminal law; or

                            (iii)  to enforce a law imposing a pecuniary penalty; or

                            (iv)  to protect the public revenue.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Uses

             (4)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person uses information; and

                     (b)  the information is about any of the following:

                              (i)  whether an authorisation under Division 3 has been, or is being, sought;

                             (ii)  the making of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the existence or non-existence of such an authorisation;

                            (iv)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                             (v)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person uses a document; and

                     (b)  the document consists (wholly or partly) of any of the following:

                              (i)  an authorisation under Division 3;

                             (ii)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (6)  Paragraphs (4)(a) and (5)(a) do not apply to a use of information or a document if:

                     (a)  the use is for the purposes of the authorisation, revocation or notification concerned; or

                     (b)  the use is reasonably necessary:

                              (i)  to enable the Organisation to perform its functions; or

                             (ii)  to enforce the criminal law; or

                            (iii)  to enforce a law imposing a pecuniary penalty; or

                            (iv)  to protect the public revenue.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (6) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

181B   Disclosure/use offences: certain authorisations under Division 4

Disclosures

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person discloses information; and

                     (b)  the information is about any of the following:

                              (i)  whether an authorisation under Division 4 (other than under section 178A) has been, or is being, sought;

                             (ii)  the making of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the existence or non-existence of such an authorisation;

                            (iv)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                             (v)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person discloses a document; and

                     (b)  the document consists (wholly or partly) of any of the following:

                              (i)  an authorisation under Division 4 (other than under section 178A);

                             (ii)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (3)  Paragraphs (1)(a) and (2)(a) do not apply to a disclosure of information or a document if:

                     (a)  the disclosure is for the purposes of the authorisation, revocation or notification concerned; or

                     (b)  the disclosure is reasonably necessary:

                              (i)  to enable the Organisation to perform its functions; or

                             (ii)  to enforce the criminal law; or

                            (iii)  to enforce a law imposing a pecuniary penalty; or

                            (iv)  to protect the public revenue.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Uses

             (4)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person uses information; and

                     (b)  the information is about any of the following:

                              (i)  whether an authorisation under Division 4 (other than under section 178A) has been, or is being, sought;

                             (ii)  the making of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the existence or non-existence of such an authorisation;

                            (iv)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                             (v)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person uses a document; and

                     (b)  the document consists (wholly or partly) of any of the following:

                              (i)  an authorisation under Division 4 (other than under section 178A);

                             (ii)  the revocation of such an authorisation;

                            (iii)  the notification of such a revocation.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (6)  Paragraphs (4)(a) and (5)(a) do not apply to a use of information or a document if:

                     (a)  the use is for the purposes of the authorisation, revocation or notification concerned; or

                     (b)  the use is reasonably necessary:

                              (i)  to enforce the criminal law; or

                             (ii)  to enforce a law imposing a pecuniary penalty; or

                            (iii)  to protect the public revenue.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (6) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Note:       The heading to section 182 is altered by adding at the end “ : disclosures under Division 4 ”.

4  Application

Sections 181A and 181B of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 apply in relation to a disclosure, or use, of information or a document on or after the commencement of this Schedule whether the information or document came into existence before, on or after that commencement.