Queensland police want powers to turn your fridge and other household items into surveillance devices

Please state your name clearly to the fridge… Photo: David Becker/Getty Images

According to Queensland’s top cop, your Kelvinator could become the Terminator in the fight against terrorism.

Queensland lawmakers are currently investigating plans to give police increased powers to tackle terrorism and addressing them this week, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, said that technology offered potential to turn the tables on surveillance in your home, turning your fridge into a bug.

Fairfax Media reports that Stewart is seeking powers to use existing technology as surveillance devices, installing spy software if it’s an emergency situation.

“If you think about the connected home that we now look at quite regularly where people have their security systems, their CCTV systems and their computerised refrigerator all hooked up wirelessly, you could actually turn someone’s fridge into a listening device,” the Commissioner told a parliamentary committee.

Queensland police are seeking a range of emergency powers to deal with any potential threats, including the ability to search people and vehicles without a warrant.

And like prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, commissioner Stewart concerned about the use of encryption and other tech tools that hide what potential terrorists are up to.

“This is the type of challenge that law enforcement is facing in trying to keep pace with events and premises where terrorists may be planning,” he said.

Queensland’s legal affairs committee is due to report its findings next month.

The Brisbane Times has more on the issue here

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