Ruddock rejects increasing NSW Police powers re text tapping

Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said NSW police have effective and wide-ranging powers to intercept or retrieve text messages sent over mobile phones therefore text tappings laws do not need to be changed.

In a statement dated 22/01/06, Mr Ruddock responded to comments from the NSW Police Minister John Watkins, who is calling for NSW police to have the power to access all text messages sent by persons of interest in their jurisdiction.

"Mr Watkins is advocating that every single person in the state should have their mobile phone messages examined by police, whether or not they have committed or have been associated with a crime," Mr Ruddock said.

"His constituents may have a different view. Powers to access communications are very intrusive and normally require police or relevant authorities to show good cause why a person's private conversations or communications should be made available for scrutiny."

23 January, 2007


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