Computer offences can include the act of supplying data with intent, unauthorised access of restricted data and unauthorised access with intent.

It should be noted that legislation now requires telecommunications companies to store customer data for at least two years for access by law enforcement agencies. The data includes the time, date and location of a communication, but not its content. These laws increase the likelihood of detection for computer related offences.
The Crimes Act 1900 legislation defines the elements of these computer offences and the penalties that can be applied, the maximum being 3 years’ imprisonment for such crimes.
  • Possession of data with intent to commit serious computer offence

    The Crimes Act states that a person who intends to commit a serious computer offence either personally or by helping another person to do so is liable to 3 years’ imprisonment.

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  • Unauthorised access of restricted data

    A person who attempts to access data either with the purpose of modifying this data or intending to cause that access or modification can be liable to 2 years’ imprisonment.

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  • Unauthorised access with intent

    Anyone who produces, supplies or obtains data intending to commit or facilitate a computer offence either personally or on behalf of another person is liable to 3 years’ imprisonment.

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