Depending on the circumstances, intercepting or accessing private communications without your knowledge or consent may involve a number of criminal offences. Commonwealth computer crime legislation in Part 10.7 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code prohibits unauthorised access to 'restricted data', which means data (including emails) which are protected by some computerised access scheme. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) prohibits intercepting communications, including emails, which are either passing over a network or stored on an ISPs server. Intercepting communications could also amount to stalking, which isa crime in all Australian States.There are also civil remedies which may be available. The most useful one is generally 'Breach of Confidence', which can act to prevent or punish the communication of private information obtained in circumstances where it would be unconscionable to disclose it - including eavesdropping and interception.If you suspect that someone has been intercepting or accessing your private information, you should contact a solicitor for further legal advice.

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