New laws to combat ID theft

Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus has revealed that the Government will introduce a draft law aimed at curbing identity theft and online fraud.

Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus has revealed that the Government will introduce a draft law aimed at curbing identity theft and online fraud.

Speaking in Parliament Debus stated:”If you place personal information on a site like Facebook, then you can provide enough information for perpetrators to steal an identity and open accounts for an individual.

“The problem (of identity fraud) … is evidently widespread in the world and our laws need to be updated to reflect emerging problems.”

The proposed new laws will include charges for misusing identification to commit an offence or having equipment capable of creating false impression.

“Those charges will help police in all jurisdictions to more effectively investigate and prosecute offences because a specific offence will exist,” Mr Debus said.

In July the ABS reported Australians had been the victim of over 1billion in identity theft.

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