Hacking as a policy tool

Austria wants to give their police “hacking” powers:

“Police will also be able to gain remote access to computers for seven days at a time, up to a total of 28 days or longer in exceptional circumstances, to allow them, to undertake forensic off-site examiniation,” Rees said.

“This could including cracking codes and searching computers for evidence of child porn, drug running, and money laundering.”

Offenses covered by the new laws include the supply, manufacture, or cultivation of drugs; possession, manufacture or sale of firearms; money laundering; car or boat re-birthing; and unauthorized access to or modification of computer data or electronic communications.

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