Encryption law making life harder for journalists: claim

"Dr Pfefferkorn, who works with the Stanford Centre for Internet and Society, but made her submission in an individual capacity, said the Australian Federal Police had used some of the provisions in the law during recent raids on the ABC and News Limited journalist Annika Smethurst.

"Thanks to new powers granted by Schedule 3 of the Act, the warrant to [the] ABC allowed the AFP to 'add, copy, delete or alter' material on the ABC’s computers," she wrote. "That is, the police had authorisation to change, tamper with, even destroy other ABC computer files, so long as they could say it was necessary to get access to the data they were seeking.""