13 Feb 2024

Australia moves to make 'doxxing' illegal

From Nights, 10:35 pm on 13 February 2024

Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese has announced the federal government will introduce legislation to make 'doxxing' - leaking someone's personal details online - a criminal offence.

The move comes after the transcripts from a private WhatsApp chat including many Jewish Australians working in creative industries were published on the internet.

Nigel Phair is a professor in cyber security at Monash University in Brisbane and he joins Nights to explain the complexities of such a law change.

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