Crime Commission seeks new wiretap software

Big Brother is watching and listening to you

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is in the market for software to facilitate the interception, recording, and monitoring of telephone and data transmissions.

The ACC is a federal government statutory body working nationally with other federal, state and territory agencies to counter serious and organized crime.

In a tender document released this week, the ACC is seeking to acquire a fully integrated telephone and data interception, recording and monitoring system that enables the "legally authorized" interception, storage, analysis and distribution of a number of communication types.

Such communication types include voice - including landline and mobile - fax, data, SMS and MMS, e-mail, Web mail, instant messaging, and Internet sessions over any network type, including Voice over IP.

Requirements of the new software include being adaptable to future technologies, like new types of communication networks and protocols, the ability to integrate seamlessly into current and planned ACC ICT and enterprise management systems, and to integrate data gathered via other surveillance equipment and methods.

The ACC aims to bring together all arms of intelligence gathering and law enforcement to "unify the fight" against serious and organized criminal activity.

It has both intelligence and investigative functions and capabilities to "better position Australia to meet the threats posed by nationally significant crime".

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