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.
Posted on January 30, 2019
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