INDIVIDUALS suspected of distributing child sexual exploitation material will be forced to provide investigators with passwords and fingerprint scans to their devices or face jail under proposed new laws.
The State Government introduced the bill to parliament this week, which aims to crack down on people who distribute or help distribute child exploitation material.
Under the laws, police will have the power to access encrypted or password protected material held by suspects.
Attorney General Vickie Chapman said a failure to comply with the order could result in up to five years imprisonment.
“Our laws need to keep pace