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VIC Protection of people who carry illicit data for the police.

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Jackson Malnoila, 6 October 2017.

  1. Jackson Malnoila

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    If I come across illegal images/videos (underage pornography, illicit imagery etc.) or data (eg malware codes, torrent movie files, drug site locations etc.) on a public BBS, like 4Chan, and download said data for the sole purpose of giving it to the police or making the police aware of its existence, can I be charged with possession of this data? And if so, what is the best way of reporting it to the police without being charged?
     
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  2. Iamthelaw

    Iamthelaw Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you could be charged for downloading it. You could also be charged for 'accessing' it depending on the legislation.

    Contact the police report it.
     
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  3. Timothy Longmire

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    what if i have been cyber hacked for the last year and the cyber crime unit are aware of the situation
     
  4. Iamthelaw

    Iamthelaw Well-Known Member

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    I don't really understand?
     
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  5. Tim W

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    Be clear about one thing - unless you're doing it by prior arrangement,
    you're not "carrying it" "for" anyone.
    At law, you are acting on your own.
    Stay away from that stuff.
     
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  6. Clancy

    Clancy Well-Known Member

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    Yes, like Tim W says, stay away from that stuff. Police will not hesitate to charge you if they find pedophilia material in your possession regardless if it is in your possession for the good intentions, accident, setup by an enemy or hacked, something your child unwittingly did, whatever, IRRELEVANT - you have it, that's ALL that counts, your nicked!
     
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