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ASIO, Crime Commission granted access to photographs of NSW citizens to aid terrorism fight

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The release of photographs must abide by “any protocol approved by the Privacy Commissioner”. Photo: Andrew Sheargold

Australia’s peak security agency and the NSW Crime Commission have been granted virtually unfettered access to hundreds of thousands of photographs of NSW citizens to bolster their ability to investigate planned and actual terrorism acts.

The NSW government has authorised the release of photographs taken of people who are granted an extensive range of licences and permits to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the state crime commission without a warrant or court order.

They include photographs for licences and permits for firearms, to work in the security, private investigation and debt collection industries and applications to operate tattoo parlours.

But the change also applies to photographs taken for licences for tradespeople, real estate agents, contractors, pawn brokers, second hand dealers, motor dealers and repairers, strata managers and importers and exporters.

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It also allows release of photographs taken for the issuing a Photo Card – a voluntary proof of age card available to NSW residents over the age of 16 who don’t hold a driver’s licence.

The photographs are stored by the state government agency Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) but, until now, RMS has only been permitted to release drivers licence photographs to ASIO and the crime commission.

The extra access was granted by the NSW government on Friday, almost three weeks after the killing of police accountant Curtis Cheng at Parramatta by radicalised teenager Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar.

The regulation says that the photographs “or any photographic image or other matter contained in any database of such photographs” may be released to ASIO or the crime commission for “investigation of a terrorist act, or a threat of a terrorist act”.

The release of photographs must abide by “any protocol approved by the Privacy Commissioner”.

But the president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Stephen Blanks, said there was no need for the change.

Mr Blanks said people expected their personal information only to be used for the purposes which they agree to hand it over to the government.

“With a single stroke of a pen the government says it doesn’t matter you gave you information on that basis, we’re going to make it available on some other basis,” he said.

“The security agencies needing data in order to foil potential attacks can be done quite properly and adequately through the existing warrant system,” he said.

“That gives an independent oversight of the process and makes sure the access process is not abused.”

An RMS spokeswoman said the change was “designed to assist security agencies and law enforcement carry out their investigations” and the request “was not made in relation to any specific incident”.

“This is one of the measures the government has taken to improve security and co-operation between its agencies,” she said.

“Roads and Maritime respects and values the privacy of NSW citizens and will give access solely for the lawful purpose of assisting security agencies and law enforcement with their investigations.

“In addition, this access is not made available for commercial or marketing purposes.”

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Security camera footage from Australian homes, businesses streaming on website

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Footage from hundreds of security cameras monitoring Australian businesses and homes is now available to anyone with an internet connection to view online.

Website Insecam is streaming over 70,000 feeds from internet protocol cameras around the world without the knowledge of the owners of the cameras or those unwittingly filmed by them.

There are currently 924 Australian camera feeds available on the website showing the insides of businesses, factories, building sites and what appear to be private homes.

Internet protocol cameras, or IP cameras, are security cameras similar to CCTV which allow owners to view their camera feeds online.

It is believed the cameras available to view on the Insecam site are accessible because their owners have not changed the default password on their devices.

The managing director of a Queensland traffic management company whose security cameras appeared on the site said the fact that anyone could view the vision was troubling.

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The company had recently installed a new security system and had not been told of the security vulnerability.

“I was completely shocked to find out that our business could now be viewed worldwide through our own cameras,” the woman, who did not want to be identified, said.

Security camera footage from a Domino's Pizza store

“It just goes to show how easily private information can be made available in the public arena.”

Footage from seven cameras from a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Queensland had been available on the site and showed employees making pizzas and the customer waiting area.

Dominos chief operations officer Andrew Megson said the company had taken immediate action to address the security breach.

“Domino’s has been alerted to the CCTV footage from one of its stores viewable online and moved to change the passwords and shut down the live footage immediately,” he said.

Website a reminder of privacy risks: expert

Computer security expert Dr Suelette Dreyfus from the University of Melbourne said the site revealed obvious security flaws, but she was more concerned about how often members of the general public were being monitored.

“People should be much more worried about the fact that their personal movements are being tracked at all, by any strangers, rather than by this particular website,” Dr Dreyfus said.

The Insecam website’s “frequently asked questions” page said the cameras had not been hacked, but accessed because the owners had not changed the default passwords on the cameras.

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It advised the owners of cameras streaming on the site to email the site’s administrator if they wanted the feed removed from the website.

It also claimed the purpose of the website was to draw attention to the importance of the security settings on IP cameras.

Dr Dreyfus agreed, saying the website was a reminder of how easily private data could fall into the wrong hands.

“The website does provide some element of public good by reminding us all that unless we as a society limit how spy cameras are used, we will never have real privacy,” she said.

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“The site is confronting – but then so is the loss of privacy posed by spy technologies.”

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DETECTIVE AGENCY TO USE SATELLITES & DRONES FOR GETTING INTELLIGENCE FOR CLIENTS & COURT CASES

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Air and Space Evidence will use satellites and drones to detect insurance fraud

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TWO British academics have opened the world’s first space detective agency, using drones and satellites to uncover insurance fraud, search for freshly dug graves or to monitor how foreign aid money is spent.

World first … a space detective agency will use drones and satellites to uncover insurance fraud. Picture: AP Source: AP

TWO British academics have opened the world’s first space detective agency, using drones and satellites to uncover insurance fraud, search for freshly dug graves or to monitor how foreign aid money is spent.

 Knowing how to search Air and Space Evidence says most people have no idea how to source archived images.www.intelagencies.com

Critical … Air and Space Evidence’s aerial imagery was used in an insurance case following Hurricane Katrina.

Professor Ray Harris (pictured) and Ray Purdy will deliver aerial imagery in criminal and civil cases.image www.intelagencies.com

Founder Ray Purdy, a lawyer who specialised in satellite law at the University College of London, has teamed up with geographer colleague Professor Ray Harris in a private firm that will use before and after aerial imagery in criminal and civil cases.

Finding evidence … Professor Ray Harris (pictured) and Ray Purdy will deliver aerial imagery in criminal and civil cases. 

As an example of the work that Air and Space Evidence is undertaking, Mr Purdy pointed to a case following Hurricane Katrina, where a couple claimed their New Orleans home was severely damaged by wind and water.

Aerial photos showed the house had survived Katrina intact.

Mr Purdy has also worked in Australia where he was able to show illegal vegetation clearing on a NSW property.

The technology is not new, but individuals and companies will be able to employ the experts to hunt through troves of archival data from “nearly any location on earth” and then deploy drones or satellites to provide evidence of changes on the ground.

“As the resolution gets better we will be able to do things like search fields for graves (recently dug earth) in cases of abduction, or trace where certain pollutants came from before they entered watercourses,” Mr Purdy told News Corp in an email exchange.

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He said his firm would not be investigating adultery cases but said it was only a matter of time before suspicious partners hired private investigators to use spy drones.

“Unmanned aerial vehicles are good enough to catch anyone cheating if certain interactions (hugging, kissing) take place outdoors.”

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A satellite image … taken before the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Picture: AP Source: AP

Air and Space Evidence said most people had no idea how to source archived images, or how to go about deploying a satellite or drone to get up-to-date comparisons.

The firms expects to be used as expert witnesses in cases that could involve insurance fraud, neighbourhood disputes, environmental investigations, border and boundary disputes, human rights investigations, disaster monitoring and foreign aid auditing.

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Knowing how to search … Air and Space Evidence says most people have no idea how to source archived images. Picture: AP Source: News Limited

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