Wed. Dec 12th, 2018

Australia passes controversial anti-encryption law that could weaken privacy globally

Australia passes controversial anti-encryption law that could weaken privacy globally

The Australian government has passed new legislation that would allow law enforcement authorities to force tech companies to hand over user information, even if it’s protected by end-to-end encryption (via BBC). The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 has been criticized by Apple as well as other technology companies and academics who argue that the legislation will weaken the data security of all Australians, with a reach that could jeopardize the data of companies, citizens, and societies around the world.

At its core, the legislation allows law enforcement agencies to compel companies to hand over user information, even if it’s protected by end-to-end encryption. If companies do not have the ability to intercept encrypted information,…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/7/18130391/encryption-law-australia-global-impact

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