Section 474.10 Criminal Code Act | Copying Subscription Specific Secure Data


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The Legislation

Section 474.10 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Copying Subscription Specific Secure Data and is extracted below.

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474.10 Copying subscription-specific secure data

Copying subscription-specific secure data from an existing account identifier

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if the person:

(a) copies the subscription-specific secure data from an account identifier; and

(b) does so with the intention that the data will be copied (whether by the person or by someone else) onto something that:

(i) is an account identifier; or

(ii) will, once the data is copied onto it, be capable of operating as an account identifier.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.

Copying subscription-specific secure data onto a new account identifier

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) subscription-specific secure data is copied from an account identifier (whether by the person or by someone else); and

(b) the person copies that data onto something that:

(i) is an account identifier; or

(ii) will, once the data is copied onto it, be capable of operating as an account identifier.

This is so whether or not the person knows which particular account identifier the subscription-specific secure data is copied from.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.

Defences

(3) A person is not criminally responsible for an offence against subsection (1) or (2) if the person is:

(a) the carrier who operates the facilities used, or to be used, in the supply of the public mobile telecommunications service to which the subscription-specific secure data relates; or

(b) an employee or agent of that carrier who is acting on behalf of that carrier; or

(c) acting with the consent of that carrier.

Note:     A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in this subsection, see subsection 13.3(3).

(4) A person is not criminally responsible for an offence against subsection (1) or (2) if:

(a) the person is, at the time of the offence, a law enforcement officer, or an intelligence or security officer, acting in the course of his or her duties; and

(b) the conduct of the person is reasonable in the circumstances for the purpose of performing that duty.

Note 1:     A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in this subsection, see subsection 13.3(3).

Note 2:     This subsection merely creates a defence to an offence against subsection (1) or (2) and does not operate to authorise any conduct that requires a warrant under some other law.