South Australia: Suspects forced to give passwords, fingerprints, facial scans, or retinal scans to police

(ZD NET) South Australia Police is set for a boost to its powers under proposed laws introduced on Thursday in Adelaide, which would enable police officers to compel passwords and biometrics from suspects.

The proposed laws would apply in cases of indictable offences or where a maximum penalty of over two years applies, following court approval.

“Our laws need to keep pace with technology, which is why there are now specific provisions that will allow investigators to seek approval from the Magistrates Court to compel people to provide information to access encrypted material,” South Australian Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said.

“That can include the provision of passwords, fingerprints, facial scans, or retinal scans — whatever enables authorities to access a device that may contain evidence of a serious offense.”

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