Australia’s Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact Global Privacy

AUSTRALIA’S PARLIAMENT PASSED controversial legislation last Thursday that will allow the country’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to demand access to end-to-end encrypted digital communications. This means that Australian authorities will be able to compel tech companies like Facebook and Apple to make backdoors in their secure messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and iMessage.

Cryptographers and privacy advocates—who have long been staunch opponents of encryption backdoors on public safety and human rights grounds—warn that the legislation poses serious risks, and will have real consequences that reverberate far beyond the land down under.

The new Australian Backdoor might/should have a significant impact on us in NZ. That’s according to Fusion Networks Software Developer Joel Hamilton.

“Most government departments have data sovereignty policies that basically say Data needs to stay in NZ. Over the last 3-4 years this has been relaxed since Australia is close enough to be considered NZ.
“This coincides with cloud providers (AWS) now hosting in Australia making cloud hosting viable for NZ GOV.  This backdoor should be cause of concern for NZ GOV data hosted there,” says Joel.