Labor seeks ASIO advice on cyber spies

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Labor is seeking formal advice from ASIO about how to prevent social media posts and other online activity being misused by foreign spies.

The opposition's home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally told caucus on Tuesday about the example of a senior public servant who posted images of his child on social media.

A foreign spy used the information to sign up a child to the same sporting team and struck up a friendship with the bureaucrat, which later came to the attention of intelligence officers.

Labor's shadow national security committee will prepare advice in consultation with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation on how best to reduce the risk of foreign interference through their online activity.